ICS GSuite for Education Account Notice

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

Chris Ashmore, Director of Corporate IT

Email: cashmore@ics-charter.org

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.

As of the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, grades 9-12 are taking their Chromebooks home. ICS believes that even though there is an extended school day and students are able to collaborate in groups throughout the day, some of the best student work happens outside the walls of the school. And so the ICS Chromebook take-home program, which is aimed at closing the digital divide for our students.

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 led 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, and one-on-one coaching during teacher prep periods, and before /after school.
  • ICS has increased fundraising and grant-seeking efforts specifically aimed to support our technology initiatives and eLearning growth.
  • 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.