After a fun filled July I am back at the business of learning and helping to get ready for the new school year. We have finally upgraded many of our computers to Windows 7 ($ held us back!), and the 300 additional netbooks that we’ve been waiting to get to the high school are in the building ready for use (600 netbooks at NPHS now!). Exciting times indeed.
Several trainings are in store for support staff, administrators, and new teachers the beginning of this week. This is my fifth year in this district and I feel like we have made some great progress over that time. Access to digital devices is much improved, our network and storage space has been upgraded (a continual process), and I hope to see more of a focus on use, integration, and embedding technology in the classroom this year.
We have a 1:1 initiative at our smallest middle school with about 200 netbooks in the system. It is not a full fledged take home program, but students have access during the day. We hope to get to the 3/4 stage of 1:1 at our high school with only 300 devices left for next year to bring online 1200 netbooks for students to use at NPHS. This year will be a preparation for that goal, and I hope we can have some progressive discussions and preparation as we move closer to that end.