Innovate to Educate Entry

Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Stephanie Kelly, Senior Manager Instructional Technology

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

Inclusion of a telepresence robot for distance learning of home and hospital students. This experience was valuable as now homebound students are able to have real time access to learning and still experience the social learning that being in the classroom provides. Students who cannot attend class due to serious illnesses are isolated to learn independently with the help of a home and hospital teacher who meets with them approximately 6 hours a week. This is only for core classes and does not include
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What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Strategic positioning and training. We had to address parents, administration, and teachers that having a robot travel through the school wouldn't be a distraction or impede the learning process. Also admin was afraid of teacher pushback. Our office worked with all parties involved to provide training and implementation stategies. Within a week everything was up and running and everyone was on board. The robot became the student and everyone treated the robot as they has treated him just as before
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What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Infrastructure-a robust wireless network with no drop out points (full wireless coverage)
Teacher/admin training and acceptance
Home access to a computer to manipulate the robot

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