APS tech evolution: thriving at Austin Public Schools.

February 17, 2024

Article Summary


  • A group of stakeholders at Austin Public Schools are working on updating the district’s Technology Plan to address changing technology needs.
  • The team has developed four main goals: safeguarding data, promoting safe technology use, fostering tech-infused learning environments, and managing technology resources efficiently.

In the article “APS Column: The progression of technology at Austin Public Schools,” Amy Thuesen, the APS Director of Technology, discusses the changing technology landscape and the efforts to adapt technology use at Austin Public Schools. The district established a Technology Advisory Team comprised of teachers, alumni, administrators, and community partners to address the evolving technology needs of the district.

The team has been working on updating the district’s Technology Plan, focusing on four main goals: safeguarding data, privacy, security, and accessibility; promoting safe and effective student technology use; fostering a tech-infused learning environment; and managing technology resources efficiently. These goals aim to ensure that technology is used safely, promote strong digital and information literacies, integrate technology effectively in teaching and learning, and maximize technology investments while minimizing costs.

Ultimately, the objective is to prepare students to thrive in a rapidly changing world and equip them with the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly connected and tech-driven society. By working together and keeping these goals in mind, Austin Public Schools is committed to providing students with the tools and support they need to excel in a technology-rich environment.