Innovate to Educate Entry
Henry County Public Schools
Monica Hatchett, Director of Communications & Organizational Learning
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|Winning the Exabyte Challenge|
What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?Students in grades 3-8 participate in a 1:1 device (iPad) initiative. Six hundred students in our New Tech Academies (grades 9-12) participate in a 1:1 device (MacBook Air) initiative. This includes digital textbooks and collaborative apps for enhancing education. To enhance student interactivity and engagement, our division launched the Exabyte Challenge for teachers. Teachers may submit a technology-rich lesson plan for a chance to win an Apple TV, an iPad, a flat panel TV, or an Apple Bundle of products for use in their classrooms. We are currently in the second year of the Challenge and teachers and students are telling us how exciting it is to share their work across the classroom to enhance collaboration. We know that this project sharing is encouraging student agency in their learning and increasing their desire to rise to the high expectations of their classmates.
What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?Encouraging teachers to try Apple TV in their classroom was organic for us. Once a few teachers began using them for lessons and students started talking about the benefits of what they could do in other classes, colleagues began sharing the Apple TVs around and collaborating to ensure that each teacher on their team increased the tech capacity of their classroom instruction by applying for devices.
What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:
|Quick tech support in times of need.|
|Education of staff on the benefits and uses.|