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Instructional Technology

The Purpose of Instructional Technology: 

We SERVE Thunderbolts and BELIEVE all Thunderbolts can learn and grow. Our Northmont mission statement says we will provide diverse learning opportunities for our students in order for them to become productive, responsible citizens. The role of technology in achieving this mission is ever changing but vitally important. Technology has the potential to change the learning process for students by providing opportunities for exploration, creation, and innovation that would otherwise not be possible. By enhancing the technology and support for technology in our classrooms, students will have more of these opportunities and enhance their learning to truly prepare them for the future.

 

One-2-One Information/Resources:

In order to accomplish the goals of Northmont's Strategic plan, starting in the 2018-2019 school year, all 2nd through 12th grade students will be One to One with iPads. Below is information about this One-2-One expansion:

6th-12th Grade iPad Pick Info

Northmont is excited about expanding our 1:1 initiative with iPads during the 2018-2019 school year! In order for the 6th-12th grade students to have their iPads for the first day of school, we are hosting an iPad Pick Up event. Please read the information about this below. This will be an exciting event for the students, parents, and community!

WHO: Incoming 6th-12th grade students AND their parents/guardians
WHEN: August 6th-9th, 2018 (see schedule below)
WHERE: Northmont High School, Enter through DOOR 13 (near the parking lot behind the Middle School)

SCHEDULE- To help with the distribution process, please try your best to attend the date you are scheduled for below:

  • Monday, August 6th from 8:30am-3:30pm- Students with last name that begins with A-D

  • Tuesday, August 7th from 12:30pm-7:30pm- Students with last name that begins with E-K

  • Wednesday, August 8th from 8:30-3:30pm- Students with last name that begins with L-R

  • Thursday, August 9th from 12:30pm-7:30pm- Students with last name that begins with S-Z

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PICK UP:

  • There will be multiple “stations” that students/parents/guardians will have to go through before getting the student’s iPad. Please plan on this taking up to an hour per family.

  • There will be an insurance cost that each student will need to pay before they can receive their iPad. To pay the $30 insurance, you can pay by check made out to Northmont City Schools, by cash, or by credit card. More information about what is covered and not covered will be available during the iPad pick up.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at ipadinfo@northmontschools.net

 

The Technology Review Team Work and Timeline:

March 2017- The team met to begin putting a vision together for what we wanted Technology to look like and how it would impact learning and teaching

April/May 2017- The team created and administered a survey to staff to see determine our technology needs and strengths.
After administering this survey, here were the top recommendations made by the Technology Review Team:

  • Go to One-to-One with devices
  • Provide Differentiated Professional Development based on Tech needs
  • Enhance our Connectivity
  • Streamline the Login processes for students
  • Continue to look at more apps and tools available for students and staff

September 2017- The team began working on designing our Northmont Technology Plan. It includes five areas:

  • Devices
  • Infrastructure
  • Educational Technology Tools and Resources
  • Support
  • Communication

October/November 2017- To begin completing this plan, the team visited several districts around the state. 

January 2018- Based on the site visits and research done by the team, iPads for grades K-12 were recommended to the Board of Education. Here is the presentation made during the Board meeting.