September 27, 2013

Road map for technology to be created

LCSC enters year two of one-to-one computing program.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — At Logansport Community Schools, 5,000 people, including faculty, staff and students, are using 3,200 laptops and other devices in the corporation’s second year going one-to-one.

That’s according to Cyle Dibble, Logansport Community School Corporation technology director, who gave a presentation about current technology at Logansport Community School Corporation, where it’s going and what is going to happen next at a school board meeting Tuesday.

The school’s one-to-one program aims increase access to technology and streamline information. Projects over the summer included training teachers on new devices and reimaging laptops.

Some of the devices in the corporation include 130 whiteboards, laptops for teachers, iPads, a 3-D printer and wireless Internet access. There are also 80 security cameras at Logansport High School, 15 to 18 at the middle schools and door cameras at the elementary schools.

There is also professional development opportunities, with training which will allow teachers to become certified in technology.

The plan is to keep incorporating technology, Dibble said.

“We need to continue integrating technology and planning for the future,” Dibble said. “The goal is to also have a committee, of a smaller core group, to develop a road map for technology.”

Over the next school year, administrators aim to get some one-to-one devices for fifth- to eighth- graders. Dibble said the plan is to take what they know from technology at Logansport High School and roll that down to the next level.

Administrators are also looking at the possibility of a bring-your-own-device policy and how to fit even more professional development in to the curriculum.

Jeff Smith, board member, asked Dibble if he has received feedback from other corporations on how the bring-your-own-device program works.

Dibble said he has had a webinar with another school to learn more about it, but they have learned having the same device helps.

Superintendent Michele Starkey said they have looked into devices that would be used and would implement guidelines. A cell phone wouldn’t be a permitted device, Starkey said.

Mike McCord, school board president, mentioned attending a conference with extensive information on going one to one.

“We did it right,” McCord said. “I’m proud of our corporation.”

“They are looking at and collecting data and still have to integrate technology in the classroom,” Dibble said. “But they are doing a great job.”

Teachers are also collaborating to speed up the process, Dibble said.

Some items the technology team will work on is improving communication, updating the technology website, providing more information online and look at having a technology day, which would give information and allow for break-out sessions, Dibble said.

“We can’t thank the superintendent, board administration and faculty within the corporation enough for wanting to do more with technology,” Dibble said. “Everything is coming together and we’re starting to see results.”