The Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit will contract with Discovery Education for streaming services through the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU). Discovery Education streaming is a digital video-on-demand and online teaching service to help improve students’ retention and test scores. The K–12 digital media library contains regularly updated multimedia content for all subjects. Segmented and fully and easily searchable, these resources integrate seamlessly into any curriculum. All content correlates to state K–12 curriculum standards.
The NEIU partners with other educational professionals to develop a long-term technology plan that will enhance student learning and achievement. The creation of this plan will allow the systems to realize efficiencies in leadership operations to increase communications and access to information available within our schools and communities. This planning process focuses on the development of an action plan that reflects the NEIU’s mission, facilitates exploration of technological options, and incorporates professional development and technology staff requirements.
eLearning has the potential to significantly enrich a school’s curriculum, provide students with technology-rich learning experience, and enable them to learn from students from all over the world. Online learning will become more prevalent as students look for alternatives and more flexible means of receiving an education.
With funds received from the Aligning Curriculum to Standards (ACTS) in PA Grant, NEIU purchased an “IU-wide” license of eSchool Builder for online course management. eSchool Builder is the first and only course management system to be developed for K-12 educators by K-12 educators. This customizable tool makes it possible for anyone to create, edit and maintain course web sites without the need for HTML knowledge or programming expertise. Included in eSchool Builder is an additional dynamic web application that allows schools and organizations to create and manage a sophisticated online course catalog and registration system.
NOLA is a cyber services program that enables students to remain enrolled in their home districts. The Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit offers NOLA to member districts as a collaborative partnership to help meet the ever-changing demands of education and cyber learning in their districts. All courses are taught by Highly Qualified Teachers and are aligned with Pennsylvania State Academic Standards. NOLA allows students to take online courses while still receiving a diploma from their home school districts. Students can complete coursework entirely online or can take certain courses online and complete remaining curriculum requirements at school. NOLA enables the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit to meet the 21st century learning needs of participating districts
Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 and Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18 have partnered to administer a multi-year effort to improve the region’s technology infrastructure. This project will provide high-speed connectivity that will foster collaboration and sharing of instructional resources among districts throughout the northeast. In addition, this project will provide affordable broadband connectivity to area business and residential communities where services were previously non-existent. Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit, Luzerne Intermediate Unit, Colonial Intermediate Unit, along with 38 school districts and 6 vocational/technical schools, were awarded E-Fund grant dollars over a three-year period. E-Fund dollars were awarded to assist in financing technical support for the WAN, telecommunications services, as well as the purchase and development of instructional content.
NEIU works directly with school districts interested in collecting data to inform decision-making processes within the educational system. Through in-house consultation, NEIU designs and administers online surveys addressing a variety of topics and criteria. Additionally, reports are generated to summarize data findings, providing support for meaningful change in the curricular, financial, or community-minded areas of education.
In an ongoing effort to promote technology use in our districts, the NEIU annually sponsors the Pennsylvania Media and Design Competition for High School and Middle School students. Students from school districts located across the state participate in these events. This fair highlights Pennsylvania students’ application skills and computer knowledge. Students can create projects in various categories, which are judged by a panel of computer professionals. Prizes are awarded to the students to the top three projects in each category. The top prize winner in each category advances to the state competition.
In order to provide effective operation of a wide area network, NEIU works with area school districts to maintain open communication regarding the latest technology available, system configurations, hardware/software upgrades, and on-site consultations. These same services are offered in support of local area networks. NEIU maintains a number of servers that provide district support and classroom related programs
Technology Coordinators Group
An active technology coordinators group meets quarterly throughout the school year. The group works with NEIU to collaborate on various projects, share concerns common to schools and to increase the knowledge of school districts in the areas of instructional technology.
New technologies are quickly emerging in education. Educators need to be aware of these technologies and have a basic understanding of how to use them. These workshops focus on hardware and software and their classroom applications.