The Quincy Public Schools and the Quincy Public Schools Foundation are excited to announce their new Digital Conversion for Teaching & Learning Initiative. This plan is aligned with the district mission to utilize information and communication technology and digital learning resources in a blended learning environment and is based on extensive research and benchmarking.
Timeline for Implementation
July, 2014 – All QPS buildings equipped with wireless access thanks to a generous partnership with Knapheide Manufacturing.
January, 2015 – 16 laptop carts provided to schools throughout district and students in grades 3, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are allowed to bring their own devices. Grades were chosen based on their need to take state-mandated, computer-based assessments. All teachers in those grade levels will receive training and resources to utilize devices.
August, 2015 – All students will be allowed to bring their own devices. All teachers will receive training and resources to utilize devices.
Beyond August, 2015 – More iPad and laptop carts will be provided to schools and teachers will continue education and training to ensure that the investment in technology is providing better outcomes for our students. District will continuously evaluate the plan to ensure we are meeting the needs of our district and our community.
This digital conversion plan is possible because of the generosity of the Quincy community. In addition to the major partnership with Knapheide Manufacturing that brought wireless into every building, the Quincy Public Schools Foundation has given more than $550,000 over the past year to provide devices and technology training to the district. The Foundation will continue to offer financial and community support to provide QPS students with the technology they need to be successful. Donations to deliver more devices into the hands of students can be directed to the QPS Foundation, Attn: Julie Ross, 1416 Maine St., Quincy, IL 62301.
QPS Foundation Executive Director shared this, “The QPS Foundation has three major goals. We promote student development, we promote excellence through creative teaching, and we encourage school/community partnerships. The Digital Conversion Plan is the embodiment of these three goals. New technology will increase student engagement and give our teachers endless opportunities to bring individualized instruction to the classroom. Every business in our community and all over the world uses technology on a daily basis. I can’t think of a better opportunity, or one that will reach more students, for our community to embrace.”
For more information on this initiative or to schedule interviews, please contact
Carol Frericks, Secondary Academic Director – 217-223-8700
Joel Murphy, Business Manager – 223-8700.
Julie Ross, Executive Director, QPS Foundation – 228-7158 x2256