Cluster Crushers

posted Jul 16, 2016, 3:55 PM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Jul 16, 2016, 3:56 PM ]

PVUSD has joined the largest supercomputer system in the world, Folding@Home by Stanford University.  By using our computer processors (Chromebooks, Macs, tablets) and network during the night, weekends and vacations, our students  can contribute to advanced biologic research in finding cures for diseases, such as; Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Cancer, AIDS, etc..

National Center for Women & information Technology

posted Apr 29, 2016, 5:04 PM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 3:52 PM ]

PV is pleased to announce our alliance with NCWITThe National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 650 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. 

Owning Our Own...

posted Mar 17, 2016, 9:05 AM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Mar 17, 2016, 9:05 AM ]

Bandwidth consumption has been increasing non-linearly, by some power.  While we become better digital citizens, and consumers, there is no doubt that more bandwidth is needed.  Towards that end, the PV community has graciously and progressively passed a technology bond to invest in fiber for learning and schooling.  Over the next 2.5 years, construction and right of ways for building out the fiber conduit will occur.  In the end, PV will have greatly minimized M&O recurring costs and positioned for a bright future...;-)

80,000 Online Tests

posted Mar 17, 2016, 8:49 AM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Mar 17, 2016, 8:49 AM ]

Beginning March 28th, PV begins the state-mandated, high-stakes testing, AzMERIT.  All tests will be taken online using Chromebooks, and every student 3rd grader and up, completes some 2+ tests.  Frequently, a secondary school could have 800 to 900 students testing at the same time.  Some elementary schools are opting for the entire student body, each day, over three days, completing all the tests.

Bye-bye SAIS, Hello AzEDS

posted Mar 17, 2016, 8:38 AM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Mar 17, 2016, 8:38 AM ]

On June 28th, PV goes live with Arizona's most comprehensive, data-system reform since 2000.  AzEDS is replacing SAIS for data collection, monitoring and reporting; student enrollment to teacher qualification.  A premium will be placed on data quality as daily transactions dictate PV's funding.

Math Tops FROST Tutoring

posted Mar 16, 2016, 8:16 AM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 8:14 PM ]

Nearly 80% of the 120+ tutoring sessions by FROST/NHS students have been in Math; Number Sense, Algebra and Geometry.  Sessions ranged from 15 minutes to over 2 hours, yielding a median of about 45 minutes.  Other sessions included subjects of; English, Science, Mandarin and Social Sciences.

Secondary Partnership

posted Mar 16, 2016, 7:51 AM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 7:55 AM ]

PV's application to also become a Secondary Partner with Code.Org was recently approved, completing a full K12 partnership.  PV secondary teachers to receive professional development in Salt Lake City for AP CS Principles (NCHS, PVHS, pvONLINE), in New Orleans for CS in Science (Desert Shadows MS, Explorer MS), and in Phoenix for Exploring Computer Science (Greenway MS, Sunrise MS, Desert Shadows MS, Explorer MS).  Courses offered to students this Fall.  Stay tuned....

Hour of Code Big Time...

posted Dec 12, 2015, 8:42 AM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 8:42 AM ]

Some 18,000 PV students participated in Hour of Code.
Elementary, Middle and High School classrooms, special areas, title, special education, gifted, media centers, labs.  Classroom teachers, mentors, math/reading and gifted specialists, and central office administrators all chipped in.

Don't have to wait until December...

posted Nov 3, 2015, 10:19 AM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 10:19 AM ]

Take an online, Hour of Code tutorial in Processing; programming for Visual Arts and Animation.  It's a fun, one hour tutorial and you'll touch many design, mathematical, art, and computational concepts, with some informational text to boot.

Coordinate systems, conditional logic, geometric primitives, color rendering, algorithms, patterns, interactivity, functions, looping, variables, parameters, etc..  Best of all, you'll have fun!  BTW, you can run the tutorial thru a SmartPhone, Chromebook, laptop, etc..

At the end of the tutorial, you can get your Hour of Code certificate, share your work, etc..  Go ahead, Tweet it out, improve your Like-ability, Pin it somewhere, Snap it around...;-)  A former PV high school student got a scholarship to an out of state university and it all started with one Hour of Code while she was a Senior.

October - National Cyber Security Awareness Month

posted Sep 29, 2015, 12:11 PM by Jeff Billings   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 12:12 PM ]

As part of PV's Digital Citizenship initiative, please note that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).  PV and our brand are recognized as a "2015 Champion".

PV is a partner with the National Cyber Security Alliance and in concert with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, we're all promoting NCSAM.

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