Our 1:1 Journey
As part of the district's Strategic Leadership Plan:
- A Technology Integration Coach position is created. Adam Watson becomes Shelby County's first TIC.
- Laptops are distributed to teachers and administrators.
- Adam Watson begins leading professional development for Shelby staff on integrating education technology to make teaching and learning more effective.
- Shelby County creates a Google Apps for Education domain (now known as G Suite for Education).
- March 26, 2015: Shelby County has its first Edtech Share Fair, where Shelby educators share digital tools that have impacted student learning. This becomes an annual event that is as popular for visitors outside the district as it is for Shelby staff.
- Several public presentations by vendors of learning management systems are given, open to all Shelby staff. Based on their input, the district decides on Schoology.
- After research and visits to other school districts, Shelby decides on Chromebooks as the predominant 1:1 student device. (For more information on the advantages of Chromebooks, read Mr. Watson's blog entry "Why Chromebooks?")
- Adam Watson becomes the district's Digital Learning Coordinator. Two Shelby teachers leave their classroom for one year to become Digital Learning Coaches to help with professional development -- one embedded at Shelby County High, the other at Collins High.
- Cliff Chandler becomes the district's Network Engineer. His expertise is invaluable in preparing our wireless network for the thousands of student devices that will be accessing the Internet.
- In September 2015, our first Chromebook deployment begins for high school students.
- In January 2016, middle school students received their Chromebooks.
- In September 2016, elementary students received their devices, completing the 1:1 deployment. Kindergarteners received iPads, while grades 1-5 received Chromebooks. In recognition of their unique needs, MacBook Airs and Lenovo Yoga laptop from school carts are redistributed to juniors and seniors.
- January 5 and 6, 2017: the district had its first SnoGo days. For many students, this relied on e-learning access.
- In February 2017, the district reached a new milestone: three-fourths of our students and teachers are using Schoology.
- March 22, 2017: At the third annual Edtech Share Fair, students present for the first time. In May 2017, the Kentucky School Boards Association publishes two different articles on the Edtech Share Fair (here and here) in its Kentucky School Advocate magazine.
- Edtech professional development begins to shift from simply "how to" introduction of tools to learning about SAMR and the need to be transformative in the integration of technology. The role of technology in personalized learning and resources for digital curriculum is also highlighted.
- The wireless network equipment is replaced and recalibrated with the newest technology. Among other capabilities, it can more than double the previous system's load of wireless devices accessing the network.
- Plans begin for building the new P-8 school off of Discovery Boulevard, named after Marnel C. Moorman. The center will break ground in 2018. As part of the planning, SCPS instructional leaders and building architects meet with the network engineer and the Digital Learning Coordinator to discuss what a "Classroom 2023" in Shelby County should look like, where technology fuels collaboration, creativity, dynamic exhibitions, and flexible learning spaces.
- In May 2018, the Shelby Board approved an expansion of our IT department. This included having a building technician at every elementary and middle school, with two technicians at each high school. Also, a new classified position of Digital Technology Coordinator was created to oversee and lead the technicians of the department; Chad Hebner became our first person in this role in August 2018.