Technology

PCS Technology

Provident Charter School is dedicated to the development of a digital learning environment tailored for students with language-based learning differences. Being 1:1 with their devices, students will use technology as a catalyst for overcoming barriers to printed text as well as a tool for creation, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Students at Provident Charter School learn to be digitally responsible citizens who are prepared to utilize technology and be successful in a demanding academic environment.

iPad Software

    • Benchmark Universe
    • Clicker Docs
    • Google Classroom
    • Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    • OG Card Deck
    • Pages
    • Prizmo Go
    • Read&Write Keyboard
    • SnapType
    • and much, much more!

Chromebook Software

    • Clear Read
    • EquatIO – Math made digital
    • Google Classroom
    • Helperbird: Accessibility & Dyslexia Software
    • Kami
    • OpenDyslexic
    • Read&Write
    • Texthelp PDF Reader
    • Voice In Voice Typing
    • and much, much more!

Vision for Educational Technology

Provident Charter School is dedicated to the development of a digital learning environment tailored for students with language-based learning differences. Students will use technology as a catalyst for overcoming barriers to printed text as well as a tool for creation, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.  Students at Provident Charter School will be digitally responsible  citizens who are prepared to utilize technology to be successful in a demanding academic environment.

Technology Grants

Amazon STEM Education

Amazon Future Engineer is a program designed to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue computer science. The program is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

ProjectSTEM

ProjectSTEM’s courses are designed to meet the needs of both students and teachers across a broad spectrum of experience and need, from building foundational skills and introducing core computer science concepts to more advanced and rigorous coursework.

CS Explorations 1: CS Fundamentals in Scratch

CS Explorations 1 is an introductory course based on the MyCS Scratch curriculum that empowers students to engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Through a series of real world scenarios, projects and challenges, students are introduced to foundational concepts that they will return to repeatedly throughout the course.

CS Explorations 2: AI in our World

CS Explorations 2 is an introductory course based on MIT AI curricular resources for K-12 designed to help students explore AI and its far-reaching societal impacts in our world. The course is designed around engaging activities and learning units that integrates CS and computational thinking concepts with ethical design and responsible use, as students explore how these technologies can help solve problems and improve life for themselves and their communities.

CS Explorations 3: Creative CS

CS Explorations 3 is an introductory CS course designed to support the transition from block-based to text-based programming in Python, through engaging learning units and projects that explores CS as a medium for creation including app design, LED art, music and more. Students also get a chance to explore innovative tools such as AppLab, the Micro:bit Python editor platform and the Earsketch music app, as a means for creative and social expression. The units are designed to build excitement about the skills that students will develop throughout CSE 3 by connecting what students are learning to the real world. Students build, remix and share apps, animations, LED art, and music, in a collaborative environment.

Partnerships

LUCA.ai

The LUCA Reading Platform will use AI technology to create a personalized reading solution that will bring transformative changes in the lives of thousands of students and families.

LUCA.ai is capturing recordings from non-fluent speakers through an educational partnership with Provident Charter School (PCS) and our generous families, students, and staff members who agreed to participate in the pilot program.  By collecting this data, LUCA.ai can start training their Automated Phonetic Speech Recognition (APSR) model for even more powerful Artificial Intelligence solutions that will ultimately make a real difference in people’s lives – not just here at home but around the world too! Families currently attending PCS can sign up here to participate, https://luca.ai/PCS/.

Google Utilization

Why Google?
Google Apps for Education include a variety of web-based publishing tools which foster collaboration, communication, and creation.  Software such as Google Docs and Google Slides allow real-time completion of projects by multiple users.

Why Google for Assistive Tech?
Google offers a variety of apps, extensions, and add-ons that serve as  resources and accessibility tools which are stored directly to individual student Chrome accounts.  Students can sign into their Chrome account on ANY computer (at school or home) and have access to their chosen extensions and add-ons, thus providing personalized accommodations.  Lastly and importantly, students with dyslexia are able to complete their work alongside their peers without have to use a special device.

Home Internet Service

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new federal benefit to help households pay for high-speed internet and devices.  You qualify if someone in your household participates in at least one of these programs:

• Free and reduced-price school lunch
• WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
• Medicaid, SSI (Supplemental Security Income), Federal Public Housing Assistance
• Lifeline and more

You also qualify if your household’s annual income is below:

• $36,620 for a family of two
• $46,060 for a family of three
• $55,500 for a family of four
You do not need to be a citizen or have a Social Security number to qualify.

Fact Sheet [English – PDF]

Fact Sheet [Spanish – PDF]

Learn more and enroll at: getmyinternet.org
If you have questions, call the ACP Support Center hotline: (877) 384-2575.

Provident Charter School does not recommend one service over another nor do we receive any financial gain from this service.  We are simply providing the information as a service to our families.

Technology Department

Justin Matschener
Technology Operations Manager
JMatschener@providentcharterschool.org

James Baker
Technology Specialist
JBaker@providentcharterschool.org

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