Digital Passport Initiative Set To Launch at Elkmont High School
The Digital Passport Initiative is a 1:1 (student to laptop) initiative of the Limestone County School District. Under the supervision of Dr. Tom Sisk, Limestone County is dedicated to providing a device per student which will serve as their "Passport" to 21st Century Learning. This initiative is not a device initiative; it is a curriculum initiative. Limestone County Schools are dedicated to using the device for instructional purposes to advance student learning. A 1:1 initiative has proven to increase test scores and student attendance and decrease student discipline in districts all across America.
The rollout for the Limestone County 1:1 Initiative is different than most other districts. We believe we should begin at the elementary level and foster these digital natives early rather than the widely used method of a top-down approach. Therefore, we will begin placing 11” MacBook Air laptops in students hands in grades 3 and 4 in September 2014. This rollout will include approximately 1400 students and 130 teachers district wide.
Teachers of these grades have already received the laptop in the Spring of 2014 and are familiar with the device. Ms. Nikki D Robertson at Elkmont High School, along with Instructional Technology Facilitators embedded at each Limestone County School with 3rd and 4th grade classes, have been hired to assist teachers with the digital curriculum pedagogical change that will take place as a result of having devices in the classroom.
To keep up with the learning taking place with these devices and the objectives of the Digital Passport Initiative visit the Limestone County Schools DPI Website at http://limestonedpi.weebly.com/elkmont.html. Each week a blog post detailing our learning adventures will also be posted at http://limestonedpi.weebly.com/lcs-dpi-blog.
If you would like to learn more about the LCS Digital Passport Initiative at Elkmont High School please contact Ms. Nikki D Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week in Pictures
3rd & 4th Graders Continue Digital Citizenship Lessons
For fun we explored Photo Booth. We had such a good time being absolutely silly! We then transitioned into a bit of musical fun by becoming beat box musicians using IncrediBox.
Next week will finish up our Digital Citizenship modules.
Just 5 more days until our BIG DAY! YAY!
Celebrating Our Successes!
Paper notes and newsletter can get lost or never read. Emails, websites, blogs, and electronic newsletters are often left unread as well, but a recent study proved that 100% of all text messages are read. Thus, if you want to make sure your message has been received use a text messaging service like Remind.
Another service that I like even better than Remind is Cel.ly. Check it out if you would like or stop by E1 to have Ms. Robertson help you set up an account to use with your students/parents.
Ms. Pat Gartman, Assistant Principal, continued learning about Twitter and the power of a hashtag this week as she tweeted about the 5th Grade Project Based Learning field trip to Downtown Elkmont.
Be sure to use hashtags like #EHSRedDevils, #LCSForKids, and #iConnect to share the learning fun we are having at Elkmont High School this year.
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My presentation was about using Google Hangouts to make learning rewindable. The great thing about SimpleK12 is that the learning can take place 24/7 and is there for you when you are ready. Plus, they have engaging, well informed presenters. You can't lose when you use SimpleK12 for your PD needs.