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PROGRAM GOALS

The goal for mobility education is to provide real world teaching and learning into the lives of students. This will be accomplished by enhancing the process of education through current and future trends in technology. Students will be able to utilize and apply different sources of media to learn new strategies for life-long learning.

The specific goals for providing instruction include the ability to engage students in the learning process by using current and future applications. Provide individualized programming to assist students at differing levels of education to increase opportunities for all students. Staff will have the time to assist students in analyzing, synthesizing, and assimilating material.

The goals for learning include the student’s ability to use multi-tasking to develop learning strategies. Students will become actively involved in their own education which will provide the intrinsic value to learning. Students will learn appropriate collaboration and problem solving techniques to better engage the process of discovery.

Goals for the future include increasing the engagement, motivation, and desire of students to become more competitive in the workforce by providing the necessary strategies to be successful for gaining the necessary skills to better prepare them for life.

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

The students of North Fork Local that would be impacted by this program average forty-five percent on state assistance providing them with fee and reduced lunches. Those students would be hard pressed to have the ability to utilize mobile education without assistance.

Our district serves students that are primarily in a rural setting near the Appalachian Foothills. Internet accessibility in some areas is limited to virtually nonexistent. Many students only have the opportunity to use technology directly from the school district, thus limiting their exposure to technology.

The district resources to provide the materials are lacking due to being placed in fiscal caution from the state.

DETAILS OF PROJECT

1. Where are we?

Technology has changed dramatically in the last ten years and is changing faster every day. In fact, much of what students are taught today will be out of date in the next couple of years. Today in North Fork Local School district, despite constant work by our technology department, our technology is outdated and breaking. Just keeping our computers working is taking constant work by our technology staff and high school technology trainees. Most classrooms have a couple of working computers.

However, for our students with part-time jobs, much of their work is completed on a computer, even those with jobs at fast food restaurants. Our students are applying for colleges and applications online. Most of their social life is conducted online. They carry technology around in their pockets.

2. Where do we need to be?

Our students are magnificent young people with limitless potential…as long as the technology can meet them at their educational needs. Before technology’s explosion, students in Utica were limited in their access to information. We don’t have art museums, large libraries, or symphonies. Today we don’t need to have any of those to be close to us, because they are all close to us online. Our students can access everything from NASA to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Globe Theatre online.

However, for our students to get to all of this information, they must have technology in their hands. Our district must have current technology that can be flexible enough to change to meet the individual needs of each of our students, from kindergarteners to seniors, regardless of their educational needs.

3. What does that mean for our students?

Instruction in the classroom will change completely. In fact, it is changing already, but our teachers can not make the drastic changes they would like to make without technology that is more accessible for the students. Already, some of our high school students are uploading their essays, so their papers are never printed on actual paper. We need to take the next step. With today’s technology, students can take their tests online, giving their teachers immediate access to data about each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students will have access to a teacher’s notes and assignments online, whenever they need another copy or missed a day of school. New programs and apps allow students to work on projects together, even when they are in different places. They can make digital flashcards for tests, do immediate research, make documentaries, turn their desk into a Smartboard, and the possibilities are changing daily. In fact, teachers are even creating their own online textbooks, created specifically for his/her class.

In a technology centered classroom, the students define, explain, classify and construct, and the teacher, working with the student, clarifies the student’s information. The student composes, plans, and discovers, while the teacher supports and recommends. The student will defend and interpret material, while the teacher examines the work and encourages the student. The student will seek information, and the teacher will help the student create the map to find the knowledge that he/she needs.

Ultimately, this kind of instruction leads to more enthusiastic learners who work harder, work better, and know more. We will have students who are courageous, global learners.


4. What does that mean for our district?

We need to make changes now. Not next year. Not the year after that. Instead of waiting to see what other districts are going to do, we need to decide what will take our district where we want to go. We need to get a computer in the hands of every high school student, every class period, every day. We need to have cutting edge computer access for our middle school and elementary schools. We need teachers trained to include technology seamlessly into classroom, in practical, real-world ways that will relate to where the students are going, both figuratively and literally. These changes will lead to our district being the kind of learning environment that will attract new students and keep the ones we have.

This is not a luxury. In a world where we even order our pizzas and DVD rentals online, computers are a necessity for our students.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

The district has begun the infrastructure development to provide wireless internet throughout our buildings. By September 2012 mobile devices will be distributed to students in grades 9-12 for use in instruction. Elementary staff will receive devices at or about the same time from title or IDEA funding. Junior High Staff shortly thereafter pending funding. By October 2012 utilization of all devices and teaching and learning will be started. By the end of January 2013 the first assessment of the use of mobile devices will be conducted through a short survey with staff and students to determine the success of the program. Another survey of students and staff will take place prior to the state mandated testing in March or April 2013.

After review of all survey data the district mobile education team will assess the next steps of providing mobile devices for all students in grades 9-12 for effectiveness and affordability.

Phase two of the plan will be to provide two mobile I Pad labs to the Junior High. There is no set timeline, this will be funding availability.

Phase three of the plan will be to provide two mobile I Pad labs to both Utica and Newton Elementary. Again there is no timeline, this will be funding availability.

IMPACT SHORT TERM

The intended short term results of this project will have teachers beginning to use vast resources to instruct students. Students will be able to use what they are learning in the classroom and apply it to real world problems in a collaborative effort to find solutions. Instruction will become more facilitation and engagement.

ASSESSMENT

Each department team will assess the project through the use of individual observation of student engagement and work. Student’s daily grades, achievement on advanced placement tests, and stat mandated testing will all aid in the assessment of the overall project.

The districts mobility education team will evaluate the practicality of expanding the program by looking at, professional development, cost and curricular issues that may arise.