Tech Trailblazer Program

Tech Trailblazer Program Continues to Grow
Posted on 02/22/2019
Teacher using a SMART touch-screen flat panel whiteboard

Students in Palm Beach County Schools continue to get SMART-er as the District’s Tech Trailblazer program continues to grow. Since it launched in May of 2017 there are 1,702 Tech Trailblazers with SMART Boards in classrooms around the District.

“Technology is ever-changing, so being a Trailblazer keeps me on my toes,” said Josh Millstein, sixth-grade math teacher at Okeeheelee Middle School. “I am always looking for new resources to better reach my students.”

Trailblazers in both elementary and secondary schools have undergone extensive training to not only bring their skills to the classroom but to also train other teachers on their campus on how to integrate technology into their classrooms.

Once trained, Tech Trailblazers are the first to receive a set of Chromebooks and a SMART touch-screen flat panel whiteboard for their classroom.

In order to qualify to be a Trailblazer, teachers must first complete training to become Google Classroom Certified and a 13-hour training. The School District of Palm Beach County has more Google Certified teachers than any school district in the nation.

“Critical and higher-order thinking tasks are much easier as a Trailblazer because now my toolbox is chock full of resources to help students take the knowledge even further,” said Millstein.

The District is expected to distribute more than 25,000 Chromebooks this year and every classroom will receive a SMART interactive flat panel over the next two and a half years thanks to funds from the penny sales tax.

“Along with the Chromebooks, the SMART Board makes collaboration easy and fun,” said Millstein. “First and foremost, a student must be engaged, otherwise they won't learn the material.”

The School District of Palm Beach County