Loogootee School Board Approves K-12 1:1 Roll Out Plan
In their regular session on Thursday, January 19, the Loogootee Board of School Trustees approved a plan to put Chromebooks in the hand of all Loogootee students starting with the 2017-18 school year. Currently students in grades 9-12 are utilizing Chromebooks in a 1:1 environment. Students in grades K-6 will utilize Chromebooks in a cart model, meaning they will have access to their own device all day during school hours. Students in grades 7-8 will be taking home Chromebooks this year. Students in grades 9-12 will continue with their current 1:1 status. The Chromebook replacement cycle and budgetary figures can be found HERE.
Loogootee Schools will be leveraging textbook funds to pay the bulk of the cost. Building administrators will be working on reducing and/or eliminating some fees to alleviate costs for parents. We currently anticipate that textbook rentals for the 2017-18 school year will be around $20 higher. That amount will vary based on grade level and course choices.
Loogootee Becomes first High School in Indiana to Join Fusfoo Network
Loogootee High School is pleased to be part of Fusfoo’s national high school network, where students can view and repost thoughtful, relevant and age-appropriate content created by fellow schools and students across the country on their schools’ unique sites.
Fusfoo is a no-cost digital website that gives high school students a safe, bully-free, educational and engaging space for content to be created, curated, shared and consumed. Loogootee High School’s editorial and video content will be created by our students - for our students and available on the devices they live by. Students can export their portfolio of work for college applications and internship and job interviews. With oversight provided by the school, student will have the same level of control over the content that exists today within current media models.
Students and staff have been working hard over the past few weeks, and will be uploading several pieces of original content in the very near future. Check out the Loogootee Fusfoo Site.
LCSC Technology Vision & Digital Learning Initiative
At Loogootee Schools we recognize students today will someday have jobs that don’t exist. Therefore, we need to teach our students the tools to be successful in the future. They need to know how to research, collaborate, organize thoughts, and formulate an argument. They need the skills to convey this to peers, colleagues, or even large groups in a way that is accessible and useful. These skills are not hardware or software specific.
Complete LCSC Tech Vision and SAMR Implementation Timeline
Staff Professional Development
An integral part of the technology vision and digital learning initiative is to have a staff highly trained to curate digital content, identify good online resources, and deliver content in an effective manner to enable students to produce original content. For the 2016-17 school year, LCSC began utilizing Early Release Days (twice a month) to help focus on technology integration, content specific professional development, and best practices. This has enabled teacher at LCSC to become proficient at the Substitution and Augmentation phases of the SAMR Model. To reach the Modification and Redefinition phase, future professional development will include but not be limited to:
- digital content curation
- targeted professional development for delivering content in a 1:1 environment
- general technology integration related to student production
- development of staff and student eCoaches
- finding and utilizing quality online resources
- visiting schools and classrooms to witness best practices
2016-17 Early Release Training Agendas