WPSD believes that integrating technology into learning is not only necessary to prepare deaf and hard of hearing students for today’s work force, but also because it bridges the communication accessibility gap and will allow them to live more independently as adults in today’s society
The school is considered to be a leader in technology among schools for the deaf across the country and has provided training and support to public school educators throughout the Pittsburgh area through the development of multimedia and Internet workshops.
The students at WPSD created this video to highlight the technology available for students and staff at the school. It was shown at the 2011 WPSD Fall In Auction at the Heinz History Center to raise money to support technology at WPSD. Technology services provided at WPSD include the following:
- Over 400 computers on campus in classrooms, offices and labs.
- 40 classrooms and 6 computer labs equipped with the latest technology, including ceiling mounted LCD projectors, wall-mounted SMARTboards, and document cameras.
- 120 laptops & 32 iPads throughout the classroom areas.
- High-speed access to the Internet.
- Campus-wide network with wireless access throughout the academic areas
- School-wide video distribution system and TVs in all classrooms and public areas
- TV studio and video production classroom
- Emergency communication system which sends alerts to all TVs, LED signs, computers, 2-way radios and pagers.
- 2 Videoconferencing systems to connect with the WPSD Harrisburg Outreach Office and with the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing Children for meetings and workshops.
- 32 Sorenson VRS videophones in dorms, office and public areas