Spring Station Middle School owes its success to ‘trying different things’

How has your school financed its technology initiatives—through grants? e-Rate funds? Local funds? Corporate partnerships? Or some combination of these techniques?

Local funds have launched SSMS in its inaugural year. However, with the newness wearing off, SSMS leaders are determining how to garner grant funding and local corporate partnerships in the years to come, in order to sustain and improve the technology that is already in place.

What initiative or project are you most proud of, and why?

From a professional perspective, the movement toward working in the cloud has been most satisfying so far. SSMS is working with Google Apps [and] participating in online discussion boards … to further its goal to operate in the cloud.

SSMS also is proud of its efforts to become more student-friendly to its Millennials and Generation Z by incorporating [students’] own digital devices—such as smart phones, eReaders, and tablets—into the learning process.

What have been your biggest challenges in integrating technology into classrooms and school processes, and why? How have you overcome those challenges?

Change has been the biggest challenge: an occasional faculty member and/or student who want to do things “the old way,” as well as some community members who want to stick to the past. … However, these challenges more often than not are easily combatted by proper training and education around just how valuable technology integration really is.

What’s your best or most useful ed-tech advice for your colleagues?

Keep trying different things. We live in exponential times, and the only thing that will remain the same is change itself. Because we are constantly changing, the ones who make a constant effort to keep up with change or change the framework of ed tech itself are the ones who will be the trailblazers of the 21st century.

eSchool News Staff

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