Innovate to Educate Entry
Pilot Point ISD
Jami Woychesin, Director of Technology
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|Pilot Point ISD: Dedicated to Excellence Linked 2 Learning Program|
What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?Recently we have initiated a program entitled Linked 2 Learning (L2L). This includes laptops for each student grades 5-12. iPads and interactive smartboards for Pk-4 and smartboard for our STEP (special education program). This has allowed interactive and engaging learning for students and teachers. Students are no longer confined to the walls of the classroom for learning. Students that would not have an opportunity to use technology at home prior to the initiative now have the opportunity to learn core subject material in addition to problem solving, independent learning, and collaborative learning skills. Teachers are no longer deliverers of information but have now joined in with the students to form a community of learners. Students and teachers bring their knowledge to form new knowledge and ideas in concert with one another.
What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?One of the biggest challenges to the initiative was (and still is) connectivity. We are struggling at campuses to purchase enough access points to keep students and teachers from dropping during lessons. Purchasing and installing new access points for each classroom would help alleviate this challenge and encourage learning without disruption.
What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:
|A strong physical infrastructure.|
|A specific desired outcome for the initiative.|