Why a flexible SIS is a key to mobile learning success


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The Mobile Minds initiative deploys a student-centered, personalized approach to learning in which technology is used in meaningful ways. The goal is to improve student achievement, engagement, collaboration, and communication. The Skyward SIS empowers Center Grove to…

  • Manage its mobile device inventory using the textbook tracking module and barcodes on the devices.
  • Manage device fees, insurance, and replacement fees—and collect these via online payments.
  • Track breakage and document any discipline issues.

Every device transaction is tracked within the SIS and can be communicated to parents and students through the Family Access module. In addition to logistical support, the SIS has complemented the digital learning taking place on iPads in Center Grove classrooms. Family and student access allows the district to…

  • Administer online assignments on the iPads.
  • Facilitate communication between school and home.
  • Manage student assignments via an interactive calendar.
  • Inform parents of device fees and discipline issues related to the program.
  • Collect information from parents for registration, such as BYOD waivers.

Without access to a well-rounded SIS, Center Grove would need three or four different software programs to manage its Mobile Minds initiative. In fact, when we started planning the Mobile Minds initiative, a majority of our time was spent discussing and evaluating learning management systems and mobile device managers. Ultimately, we could come to rely most on our robust SIS to facilitate the program’s success.

For more information about Center Grove’s Mobile Minds initiative, visit http://www.centergrove.k12.in.us/mobileminds.

Jason R. Taylor (@hoosiertay) serves as chief technology officer for the Center Grove Community School Corporation. Jason leads a department of 20 and serves nearly 8,000 students just south of Indianapolis. His 10-year career in education technology has focused on data integration and corporation leadership, including four years with Center Grove Community School Corporation.

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