Technology and Research

Vision
Spartanburg School District Seven envisions providing a technologically rich environment that will provide global access to educational resources and information, foster critical thinking skills and creativity through digital technology, provide a medium for collaboration, and prepare our students for tomorrow’s world. We also envision an atmosphere for the classroom that will allow teachers to integrate technology to support learning across the curriculum, to engage all students in the learning process, and to utilize available information to improve student achievement.
We believe technology can be a powerful tool for enhancing student achievement and preparing them for the future. Spartanburg School District Seven has been proactively preparing our schools for the integration of cutting-edge technology in our schools.

Seven Ignites is the next evolution in the Informational Technology which involves the full digital immersion of Spartanburg School District Seven. It is a one-to-one technology initiative where every District Seven student receives their own personal computing device, an Apple iPad for grades 3-5 and a MacBook Air laptop for grades 6-12. This mobile technology allows students to access learning anytime and anyplace. Its immersion into the learning environment will empower our students with the skills to compete successfully in today’s society. We are confident this vision of student-centered learning will ignite an educational spark and produce future-ready graduates.
District Technology Plan
Seven Ignites
 
Steps have been taken to fully ensure the security of the technology in regards to tracking, both in terms of theft prevention and appropriate Internet usage. Digital Citizenship is a concept that helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. District Seven expects students to use technology responsibly whether in electronic communication or participation. The district has electronic precautions in place in order for students to participate safely and securely and enjoy the rights of a digital world in an educational setting. To this end, District Seven has partnered with Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.org), a nonprofit organization that supports digital and media safety.
District Seven is prepared to provide a truly interactive learning experience for each student. From classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems, interactive white boards and document cameras to the ability to access cultures and field-of-study experts from around the world, our students will literally have the world of knowledge at their fingertips. By shifting the education delivery emphasis to one of personalized learning, our students will be fully engaged in their own individualized learning experience.
With the integration of the latest technology and digital innovations into instruction, District Seven is transforming the education experience. This technology initiative transforms how teachers present information and interact with students. Each personal computer is customized to the student’s learning level and style, allowing teachers to assess ability and provide immediate feedback. This adaptive teaching cultivates digital and media competency and prepares our students for both college and careers.
Innovative technology brings subject matter to life and stimulates students visually, physically and mentally. Digital learning can have a powerful impact on the lives of our students – in and out of the classroom. Our students are not only consuming a rich array of information, but also producing work that is as individual as they are. It ispires collaboration with other students but also encourages independent work. Personalized learning enhances problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills in students, arming them with skills and concepts they will need to compete in a highly technological knowledge-based economy.
Staff
Dr. Eric Levitt
Chief Technology Officer
Phone:864-594-6187
ejlevitt@spart7.org
Data and Research
Dr. Glen Carson
Director of Data and Research
Phone: 864-594-6180
Instructional Technology
Christine Horowitz
Director of Instructional Technology
Phone: 864-594-4497
CHorowitz@spart7.org
Technology Support
David Beyer
Director of Technology
Phone: 864-594-4489
djbeyer@spart7.org
Deborah J Davis
Computer Programmer
Phone: 864-594-6162
debbie@spart7.org
Jan Ho Network Technician
Phone: 864-594-4489
jlho@spart7.org
Craig Martin
Network Technician
Phone: 864-594-4489
cmartin@spart7.org
Teresa McKennedy
Network Technician/Trainer
Phone: 864-594-4489
tmckennedy@spart7.org
Jerry Paul
Systems Engineer
Phone: 864-594-4489
jgpaul@spart7.org
If you encounter issues with hardware or software in your classroom or office, please contact the Technology Support Specialist at your school/site.

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