This is a very exciting time for the Schuyler-Industry District faculty, staff and students. Last spring the school board voted to partner with Pearson to transition our district's curriculum and instruction to one that will prepare our students for learning and working in the 21st century. Kindergarten through 4th grade teachers received iPADs and 5-12th grade teachers received MacBook AIRs. These new tools will allow our staff to get familiar with the devices leading up to our one to one deployment and allow them to begin making their lessons technology rich. All of our teachers will spend the 2012-13 school year receiving training on Creating Technology Rich Lessons, Technology and the Project Based Classroom, 21st Century Skills and the Digital Classroom and Using Assessments to Make Data Informed Decisions. It is our belief that our world has changed how it works and functions, yet schools continue to teach students basically the same way they always have. It is our mission to provide our students instruction that will give them the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century work place and ready to lead their classrooms of higher education.
In the Fall of 2013 our middle and high schools will move to an entirely digital web based curriculum and we will provide every 5th - 12th grade student with a Macbook AIR. This will allow for all students to become active participants in their learning and instruction by participating in project and problem learning activities. All of their digital curriculum will always be up to date, aligned to the new Common Core Learning Standards established by the state, and supplemented by all that the World Wide Web has to offer.
This school year will be spent training staff, getting a wireless infrastructure established in all of the school buildings, and getting all of the policy and security/filtering in place. This decision was made after two years of studying research, looking at how other schools in the country have implemented this digital conversion and looking for a company that could help us with a professional implementation. This is a very costly change, but we feel it is one that has to be made. Our students deserve the best education we can provide and it is up to us to find a way to afford it. Stay tuned for more exciting news about our transition...
R. Mathew Plater