Metropolitan Education District is a regional provider of Career Technical Education and Adult Education. It is the largest career-oriented educational organization in Santa Clara County, comprising of high school and adult career technical, academic programs. Metropolitan Education District annually provides 3,000 students with skills to help them be productive, income-earning and contributors to Silicon Valley.
Metropolitan Education District has two distinct and separate programs:
Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The accreditation affirms the quality of instruction at Metropolitan Education District and assures coursework taken for credit will be accepted by other institutions, including colleges and universities.
Technology has been a major contributor to Metropolitan Education District’s success. Integration of technology has occurred throughout the district and technology will continue to be a necessary component in Metropolitan Education District’s future.
Demand for Internet services and bandwidth has grown exponentially and the trend is showing continued growth. Metropolitan Education District’s teachers have integrated video streaming, Internet-based applications and other services into their curriculum. Students and staff have learned how to better communicate. Applications and services such as e-mail, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google have changed the way many of us connect and communicate with each other. This trend will likely continue.
The threat of hackers, malicious viruses, spyware, malware, identity theft, phishing and similar attacks like ransomware continue to be a concern. More sophisticated distributed denial of service attacks have made it difficult for technical support staff to defend against. Even though we have an excellent firewall protection against these threats, the battle is ongoing. Metropolitan Education District filters inappropriate content to its students and complies with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, a federal law enacted by Congress.
Cyber ethics material has been provided to students, faculty and staff, stressing the importance of adhering to copyright laws and examples of cyber-bullying have been provided so teachers and staff can easily identify and stop it as it occurs.
Metropolitan Education District cabinet members, administrators and technology committees representing both Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education have agreed to use the International Society for Teachers in Education published standards for students, teachers, administrators and staff as a guideline to adhere to for technology standards.
A technology survey taken by district employees in March 2015 shows students and staff are using more technology than ever before. District employees are using email, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, wireless mobile devices and information retrieval services like Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and Instagram. District teachers are taking electronic attendance and students are utilizing cloud-based applications and other 21st Century technologies in the classroom.
The district must keep pace with the advancement of technologies if it intends to advance its methods of classroom instruction and maintain its relevance in the career technical education arena. The district needs to have a replacement plan with committed funding for upgrading its technology equipment and the process needs to be in a regular scheduled timeframe.
The Metropolitan Education District needs to continue defining, setting goals, and planning for classroom instructional technology through regularly scheduled technology meetings. The district’s technology committee, made up of members from a wide range of disciplines (administrators, teachers, support staff, etc.). This diversity brings together multiple viewpoints that strengthen the district’s technology plans. Regular meetings ensure all stakeholders have a part in the planning process for the direction of classroom technology.