Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) students and staff will be immersed in a technology-rich environment with individual computer devices. The 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative (one computer device to one student/staff) motivates, engages, and challenges students to learn 21st century skills that will be an integral part of virtually every aspect of their daily lives.
The mission of the MVCSC 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative is to use technology effectively to increase student engagement, thereby increasing student achievement in all areas. This technology is a tool that can enhance learning and allow students to grow into 21st century learners.
This initiative will bridge the divide between students not having technology access at home and adequate technology in the schools. We are presenting the Mt. Vernon students with a blended learning environment that will include a technology-rich instructional delivery coupled with traditional methods of instruction.
- For Kindergarten through 5th Grade, the district staff and students will utilize 16GB Apple iPads; they have a natural kinesthetic component that keeps students engaged and on task.
- For students and staff in Grades 6 through 12, Dell Chromebooks will be distributed to be utilized for word processing and research capabilities, among other programs. Initially, only grades 6 through 12 will have the option to transport devices home.
A robust frequently asked questions (FAQ) section appears on the MVCSC website under the tab titled “1:1 Plan”, or linked here. Parents are encouraged to read all of the FAQ’s on the website which provides details on topics such as: no home internet access, how students will be kept electronically safe, and curriculum software, among others.
Parents are also invited to an “Open Town Hall 1:1 Meeting” to hear a brief presentation from MVCSC’s new Superintendent, Dr. Shane Robbins, and have an opportunity to ask questions. The parents’ “Open Town Hall 1:1 Meeting” for the 1:1 Initiative will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15th at the High School Auditorum. Stay after for the cookies/punch reception in the cafeteria to "Meet & Greet" Dr. Robbins!
Incoming Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins states, “The primary reason is to continue to stay at the forefront of providing our students with a 21st century learning environment. Not only does it provide flexibility (such as the inclement weather e-learning option), it also is a proven way to increase engagement and efficiency in the classroom, while increasing student achievement.”
- Timing: All staff and students will receive their computer devices in the fall of 2015.
- Teachers can still utilize textbooks for teaching this year. The computer device is a tool and a resource to engage students in a new digital way.
- Funding: Part of the cost of the device will be captured in the textbook rental fees paid by each student annually. The students' former textbook rental will be replaced by the device rental of $135, thus keeping the fees the same as previous years, if not lower. The 1:1 environment allows for the minimization of the number of computer labs, which will allow for the remainder of the device cost to be absorbed in the Capital Projects Fund (where computer labs are typically paid out of). By reducing the need for computer labs, those funds will be allocated to maintain the lease on the devices. The school will therefore own the device.
- Funding: ZERO Referendum or General Fund dollars are funding this project.
- Digital Curriculum Training for Teachers: Throughout the entire school year, teachers will receive frequent professional development on the use of digital curriculum. This will enable teachers to individualize curriculum and engage students with this new educational tool.
- If there is no home internet access, students can download their assignments at school and upload their completed assignment once they are back on campus.
- MVCSC will be using “EdMentum” as a software provider specializing in digital curriculum aligned to Indiana’s state standards.
- Parents will have the opportunity to purchase insurance on the device to recoup any damage the student may accidentally inflict on the device. The insurance fee ranges from $19 - $38/year.
- Safety: The Child Internet Protection Act requires schools to filter the internet, and MVCSC will continue to do so. Student emails cannot be utilized for communication with anyone outside of the school district and no one outside of the school district can email MVCSC students.
The district has been preparing for this initiative over the last several months by researching devices and preparing the infrastructure for this initiative. The district is very excited for the future of Mt. Vernon students’ education with the integration of additional technology in the curriculum!
Please review the 1:1 Initiative page for FAQ's, videos on the two devices and additional information.