District Technology Mission and Vision
The Palominas Elementary School District will effectively integrate technology providing a rich student centered 21st Century learning environment.
Through partnerships with teachers, parents and students the Palominas Elementary School District will provide both resources and training to support student driven, differentiated and technology-enhanced learning both inside and outside of the classroom.
About Technology in the Palominas District
At the Palominas District, we believe that students need to have the fastest most reliable connection to internet resources. Because of this, we have partnered with Cox Communications to provide high speed fiber connectivity of 700bmps to our district.
In addition to a fast Internet Connection, we ensure that there is reliable and strong wireless connectivity in every corner of every school as well as common outdoor areas to allow for technology enhanced instruction delivery anywhere in the district!
In the 2011-2012 school year, Palominas District began using chromebooks for student computers in the classroom. Chromebooks are an affordable laptop that runs the Google Chrome browser and provides our students access to the Internet and all web based services that we use. We keep our chromebooks in mobile carts so that they can be shared between classrooms. We currently have over 20 of these carts available for use district wide.
In 2011, the district adopted Google Apps for Education. Google Apps is an online platform that provides students, teachers and district staff access to Google Services such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Gmail. and many 3rd party applications. With Google Apps for Education is offered for free to educational institutions. The same services cost corporate users several thousands of dollars annually.
With Google Apps, money that we would have otherwise spent on Microsoft Office or other productivity software can now go directly into providing chromebooks or other tools to students in the classroom. The similarity between other productivity software suites and Google Apps is such that students have no problem picking up and using other tools as long as they understand the fundamentals.
In addition to all of the wonderful services and devices that we offer our students, our teachers have the opportunity to work in a technology rich environment. Every teacher has a district provided laptop, currently we are providing Macbook Airs. Further, every classroom has a ceiling mounted projector and a document camera. We also have roughly 20 classrooms with Interactive Whiteboards. At the Palominas District, we want to be certain that teachers have all of the technology tools that they need to be successful in a 21st Century Learning Environment.
District Technology Staff
Director of Technology
520-366-6204 ext. 111
Welcome to the Palominas District Information Technology Page! My name is Peter Hooper and I'm the Director of Technology for the Palominas Elementary School District. I started with the district since 2004 and boy have things changed!
I hold a BS in IT Management from Colorado Technical University and a Master of Education in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. I am currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Teacher Leadership and Digital Transformation from Capella University.
I am a Level I and Level II Google Certified Educator and am passionate about doing everything that I can to help teachers enhance instruction through the integration of available technology resources into their curriculum.
If you need help accessing the parent portal, understanding Google Apps for Education, or just want to talk about the role that technology plays in students' education here at Palominas, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!