By Nancy Covert
John Cohen, technology director and emergency preparedness administrator for Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1, will speak about Emergency Preparedness and Technology. The talk was to be presented on Feb. 19 at the NW Council for Computer Education’s annual conference in Portland. Cohen’s presentation covered the basic underpinnings of emergency management and how technology, ranging from surveillance camera installation to photo identification badges, plays an ever-increasing role in school safety and security.
“Educators at all levels need to know that technology in schools encompasses more than taking attendance, conducting academic testing and children working with curriculum software,” said Cohen.
“Computer technology in schools is fast becoming a part of what is being called `unified communications’. Everything from the bell system and clocks to computers and telephones are coming together as points on school districts’ computer networks. This is a very different from the way things have been in the past when each system stood alone.”
Cohen, a former principal of Anderson Island and Harriet Taylor Elementary Schools, also was the district’s founding administrator for the Washington Virtual Academy.