ICS Vision for Digital Learning

Irvington Community Schools' vision for digital learning is to implement a highly-effective, highly-functional, ubiquitous computing environment by...
  • Providing 1:1 devices and digital media resources to enhance and differentiate instruction and learning;
  • Establishing a teacher-facilitated learning environment, both online and offline, that allows for student creativity and promotes critical thinking;
  • Increasing collaborative learning and communication so that teachers and students become partners in learning;
  • Preparing today's learners for tomorrow's careers in a global society; and
  • Promoting responsible use of technology resources and social media to produce upstanding digital citizens.
 
Technology Staff
 
1:1 Computing Initiative
During the 2015-16 school year, ICS applied for and received the Digital Learning Grant as awarded by the Indiana Department of Education. The resulting award allowed the school to implement a 1:1 computing initiative in Grades 6-12. The development of our 1:1 initiative was years in the making and involved extensive research, strategic planning, and a 1:1 trial rollout during the 2014-15 school year. ICS explored and considered a variety of 1:1 models, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), but ultimately decided to utilize Google’s Chromebook. Every student at Irvington Community Middle School and Irvington Preparatory Academy has been assigned a Chromebook for use at school. Google Apps for Education was chosen as the school's platform for online learning, though a number of other websites and apps are used by teachers to increase students and teacher productivity, collaboration, and creation.
 
Update: Starting in the 17-18 school year grades 9-12 will be taking their Chromebooks home. To help further close the digital divide. We believe that even though there is an extended school day and students are able to collaborate in groups throughout the school day. Some of the best works happen outside the walls of the school.
 
To ensure the success and sustainability of our 1:1 initiative...
  • ICS had employed a full-time eLearning Coach from 2015 through 2017 school years as a mentor and resource for teachers and to assist them with new technology integration, digital content, and curriculum creation.
  • ICS has formed a Technology Leadership Team in each of its buildings.
  • The eLearning Coach was leading the development and implementation of a digital citizenship curriculum.
  • ICS is providing professional development opportunities in technology for staff and teachers.
  • Technology staff are providing additional technology training at staff meetings, during professional development meetings, one-on-one during teacher preps, and before /after school.
  • ICS has increased fundraising and grant-seeking efforts specifically aimed to support technology initiatives.
  • Network and school administrators are utilizing Lightspeed Rocket as a web filter and to monitor network activity in an effort to encourage proper use of technology resources in an educational setting.

Responsible Use Policy

2017-2018 School Computers and the Internet Guidelines and Contract ICMS /ICES(short form)

2017-2018 School Computers and the Internet Guidelines ICMS /ICES(long form)

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