Innovate to Educate Entry
Michelle Griffith, Lead Media Specialist/Librarian
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|Conquering the Digital Access Divide|
What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?Creating equitability of access includes the ease of access to digital resources, eBooks, databases, links to websites, videos, and student projects. Multiple sites, multiple logins and multiple passwords further complicate access. ALL our PreK-4th grade students are easily able to access those resources by utilizing MackinVIA, a digital portal from Mackin Educational Resources. All digital resources are authenticated through MackinVIA, allowing ease of access and more time spent on instruction and student success.
What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?Teacher buy-in was one of the biggest challenges. They are used to the "bookmark" of sites and passwords, and change is difficult. After multiple formal and informal, staff development sessions, and during class times, teachers learned with their students to access digital resources within MackinVIA. Student experts were identified to support teacher and student usage of MackinVIA in the classroom, as well as multiple after school sessions for parents.
What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:
|Reliable infrastructure and devices|
Support for teachers with the implementation of ed tech are the 3 biggest needs for any innovation to succeed. When these 3 things are in place, teachers and students are able to access all your digital resources.