Wide-eyed students and inquisitive parents listened intently at the1:1 Computer Device Initiative presentation led by Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation’s new Superintendent, Dr. Robbins. The Mt. Vernon High School auditorium was respectably full with curious community members as they learned details about how their children will now be on the forefront of technology in education.
Nervous excitement filled the air, especially with the students in attendance. Tessa Freeman, a 13 year-old 8th grade student, said, “It’s going to be really cool. We are so used to technology at home; I think it will get a lot more kids interested at school!”
Dr. Robbins and his presenting team consisted of: Mike Horton (Assistant Superintendent), Greg Rollo (Director of Technology), Dr. Jeffrey Bond (Director of Curriculum & Assessment), and Brian Tomamichel (Business Manager). The team shared the goal to provide the device as an additional educational tool to maximize student academic performance, as well as to prepare for postsecondary education, vocational training and entry into the workforce.
Rollo discussed the accessible use policy for the devices and internet, filtering and how to care for the devices. Tomamichel reiterated how this is affordable through the school’s capital projects fund and textbook rental fees, with zero referendum dollars going towards this project. He also discussed the insurance opportunities available to parents and the replacement costs if no insurance is purchased. The blended learning environment was reiterated by Bond, as well as the on-going student/staff development that will take place throughout the year. Horton shared that existing textbooks will continue to be available to teachers, which will provide the blended educational environment.
Community members received answers to their questions for over 30 minutes. Topics addressed included: student expectations with the devices, technology hotline availability, no home internet connectivity, internet filtering, and e-learning days during inclement weather, among many other relevant topics.
Kim Carney, who is the mother of Will (11) and Cassie (8), stated that she is excited about not having any snow days with the e-learning concept. She said, “This will teach my kids responsibility to charge their devices each night. And I am definitely purchasing the insurance option. He’s a boy who will be juggling and carrying an instrument, a laptop, and a backpack.”
Marty Foerster, parent of Alexis in 7th Grade, said “I’m excited she won’t have as many textbooks so when history changes, students will be able to study it timely rather than waiting for textbooks to print history four years later.” He liked hearing that there will be no snow days and that she will be given another tool to learn with.
A video of the presentation is available at www.mvcsc.k12.in.us on the “1:1 Plan” tab, or on Mt. Vernon School District’s YouTube Channel.