Welcome to Instructional Media and Technology!

The mission of the Instructional Media and Technology program is to promote literacy and to actively support the teaching and learning process. As the amount of information increases exponentially, it is imperative that students have the skills necessary to effectively access, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information in a manner that is compelling and meaningful. Students must have numerous opportunities and experiences with a variety of technologies and resources to acquire the skills that are necessary for success in the digital world of the 21st century. Media and Technology Specialists collaborate with classroom teachers to ensure that all students have those opportunities. Media/Technology programs also ensure that students have access to literature from all cultures in a variety of formats and provide reading promotions and special activities to encourage a love of reading in all of our students.

Department News

The 2012 Holiday Reading List Encourages Families to Share the Gift of Literacy

The 2012 Just Read, Florida! Recommended Holiday Reading List is now posted at http://www.justreadfamilies.org and includes a variety of interesting books by grade level, each with a holiday theme that will kindle the interest, imagination and love of reading for people of all ages, The site also includes tools parents can use to nurture a reading-friendly environment at home and in day-to-day activities, links to county and municipal public libraries, and tips for parents on how to make the most of the time they spend reading with their families. Families can also use the online tool "Find a Book" at http://florida.lexile.com to supplement the holiday reading list with other books tailored to a child's interest and reading ability using Lexile measures.

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 11/27 at 02:07 PM

Elementary School - West winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The elementary school - west winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed below:

Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 05/15 at 09:56 AM

Announcing Pasco County Schools’ New YouTube Channel

We are happy to announce that Pasco County Schools now has a YouTube channel dedicated to documenting the wonderful things accomplished daily by our students and employees. We welcome you to subscribe and visit often for great videos on classroom happenings, extracurricular activities, outstanding educators and more! 

Parents: Do you know about great things happening in your child's classroom? Employees: Do you have a wonderful colleague or student whose story should be shared with all of Pasco County? Please contact Andy Dunn (adunn@pasco.k12.fl.us, 727-774-2448) with your video ideas. Help us communicate the vision and spread the word about all of the wonderful things the District School Board of Pasco County has to offer.

Posted by Richard MacLemale on 05/08 at 02:29 PM

Elementary School - East Winners of the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The elementary school - east winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed below:

Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 05/08 at 11:45 AM

Four Pasco Teams Advanced to 2012 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem solving competition for students kindergarten through college.  It is organized into levels for the purposes of competition.  Over 180 teams in the Gulf Coast region (the biggest of Florida's 10 regions) vied for one of 50+ slots at the state tournament.  More than 260 teams from across the state of Florida met to perform their creative solutions to one of six long term problems at the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 14.  The top two placements in each problem and division plus all Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award winners will represent Florida at the World Finals in Ames, Iowa, May 23-27, 2012.

Odyssey of the Mind's Gulf Coast region is proud to be sending four teams to the World Finals. The high school teams were recognized by the Pasco County school board on Tuesday, April 17. Our world level teams are:

Gulf High School, Weird Science, division 3, 1st Place
J.W. Mitchell High School, Weird Science, division 3, 2nd Place
River Ridge High School, To Be or Not To Be, division 3, 4th place & Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award
Zephyrhills High School, Odyssey Angels, divison 3, 2nd place & Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award

Teams that received recognition, but won't progress to World Finals are:
Gulf HS, Ooh Motional Vehicle, division 3, 5th place
Dr. John Long Middle School, To Be or Not To Be, division 2, 4th place
Trinity Oaks ES, Odyssey Angels, division 1, 3rd place
Mittye P. Locke ES, Hide and Peek, primary division, OMER's Award

Pictures of the event can be found on our District Flickr page. A well-deserved congratulations to all of our Pasco County Odyssey of the Mind Participants!


Posted by Andy Dunn on 04/30 at 09:38 AM

Secondary School Winners of the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest

The secondary school winners from the 2011-2012 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking Contest may be viewed at the following link:


Congratulations to all who particpated for a fine job!

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 03/01 at 04:00 PM

Statewide K-12 Library Resources Now Available Online

Teachers, students and parents now have access to K-12 public school library holdings through http://k12.floridalibraries.org.

Searches can be done at the school district or state levels and tailored by school, genre, format, topic, and language. Citations in Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago styles are available.

For more information, contact Katrina Figgett in the Florida Department of Education's Office of Library Media at Katrina.figgett@fldoe.org.

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 09/08 at 09:54 AM

Focus on Pasco Tech Star Joan Becker

San Antonio Elementary School music teacher Joan Becker has skillfully integrated technology into her classroom through the use of a SMARTBoard. The following video demonstrates her exciting use of music and technology.

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 12/03 at 06:06 PM

Celebrate Literacy Week Public Service Announcement Contest

The Florida Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! Office encourages all students in grades K-12 to create a 26-second public service announcement on the topic “Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! – Champions Read, Readers Lead.” The contest is part of 2011 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida,! a week-long salute that celebrates and promotes the importance of literacy in Florida. Entries should be created with a combination of video and audio effects, must include credits and may not include any copyrighted music, footage or images. Complete contest details can be found at http://www.justreadflorida.com/literacyweek.asp. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to justread@fldoe.org or contact Kevin Smith at (850) 245-0503.

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 10/26 at 05:28 PM

From the Classroom to the World of Work

From the classroom setting to the world of work, students of the On the Job Training (OJT) program at Sunlake High School have had the opportunities of a lifetime.

Last year, Sunlake High School OJT students came each day to the District Instructional Media Center at the Pasco County School District office complex, where they worked in Media Resources under the supervision of Lynne Westervelt, Media Resources Technician for the Department of Instructional Media and Technology Services. The program was so successful that a new group of students will begin working in September 2010.

In the course of their work activities, both in Media Resources and other assigned areas, these students have performed tasks that contribute toward the efficient functioning of daily operations. They have learned how to scan important documents, learned mailing routes via the courier system, grounds keeping duties, how to distribute print and visual media, warehouse procedures, and how to prepare food for the district cafeteria.

OJT students have shown a tremendous amount of growth through their participation in the School District worksite program. They have acquired valuable work specific skills, learned the importance of teamwork, and have experienced the feeling of being an essential part to a larger process.

Posted by Joseph O'Sullivan on 09/27 at 05:43 PM


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