Innovate to Educate Entry

Central High School/Shenandoah County Public Schools

Jane Waters, Principal

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

Central High School implemented the use of the Bug in the Ear Technology to enhance educational and vocational opportunities for our students with disabilities as they strive for independence. We are able to coach students through a variety of situations from afar thus giving them the confidence and skills to participate in mock job interviews and other daily tasks that many take for granted. In addition the Bug in the Ear equipment is utilized to coach teachers in the classroom setting to improve their instructional delivery, classroom management, implementation of the Competent Learner Model, etc.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Biggest challenges have been the limited amount of equipment due to limited school funding. We did receive a grant to purchase the original pieces of equipment including the Bug in the Ear devices plus the laptops.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Access to devices for all students.
Increase access to internet during after school hours
Knowledgeable staff trained in techniques of implementation of technology into the learning environment.

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