Today’s Learners Are Technology Fluent | SouthWest Dubois School Board Meeting

Last night, the SouthWest Dubois County School Board introduced school administrators and teachers to talk about students achievements as they presented the students of the Month for each school as follows: Ellie Bardwell in 3rd grade from Holland Elementary School, Allyson Buening in 5th grade from Huntingburg Elementary School, Sierra Patberg in 8th grade from Southridge Middle School, and Haili Estabrook a senior at Southridge High School.

Then announcements were given about school administrations change in position with Huntingburg Elementary Principal ,John Seger, to become principal of Holland Elementary with 1-year contract. Then SHS Principal, Kelly Murphy, to become principal of SMS with a 2-year contract. And finally, SHS Assistant Principal, Chad Sickbert promoted to principal of SHS and also becoming Corporation Transportation Director with a 2-year contract. All contracts for these administrative changes will take effect on July 1st of this year.

In other items of discussion, Amy Lyons, the Technology Integration Specialist , for the Southwest Dubois School Corporation gave a presentation to the school board about technology and how to integrate one to one technology in the district’s schools.

One-to-one refers to each student in the corporation having a device – tablet or computer – to use in conjunction with a curriculum designed to incorporate the device.

The move to expand services with Sellersburg-based Five-Star Technology Solutions was approved unanimously by the board last night.

Five-Star Technology already provides IT assistance to the school. The approved contract for $3,250 per month will expand their services to include assistance in creating a technology integration plan for the school as well as implementing the curriculum.

Lyons indicates the purpose of the recommendations given to the School Board.

Lyons says computers currently being utilized by students are helpful because they are used in their business and English classes to use in writing class papers since they are accessible to the internet.

Lyons elaborates on a short video she showed during her presentation and how significant it is to understand the reality of how current and future generations retain their information in school with technology…

Lyon hopes that in the future there can be a possibility for the school corporation to recieve chrome books for their reliability, user-friendly function, and durability. The changes to the current equipment used by students won’t have to be the focus just yet since they have until June of next year to review the equipment.

 

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