The District’s goals for its technology mission was to achieve a 1:1 ratio for student and hardware. In 2017, the District began work to achieve that goal.
For today’s students, technology is essential in the learning environment. A multi-year plan to have all students from fifth grade through twelfth equipped with laptops for their personal use is ready to be approved by the school board.
When the Camdenton school board meets this week, approving the purchase of Chromebooks for the final phase of implementation is on the agenda.
In March, Dr. Doug Starkey, provided a comprehensive overview of the plan and progress in accomplishing it. Starkey today’s student does not think of technology as a reward for other work or as a non-essential tool. For today’s students, technology is both essential and familiar. As such, it should be seamlessly integrated into their school days, he said.
The District’s goals for its technology mission was to achieve a 1:1 ratio for student and hardware. In 2017, the District began work to achieve that goal. It invested in Chromebooks for grades 5, 7 and 9. That equipment moved to the next grades with advancing students, and the District again bought hardware for 5th, 7th, and 9th grade students in 2018-2019. By doing so, the District achieved 1:1 for grades 5 through 10. Next year, one full year ahead of the projected schedule, the District is on track to buy hardware for the new 5th grade and 12th grade classes so that each student in grades 5-12 will have a Chromebook for personal use.
At the April 8th Board of Education meeting, Board members will formally approve the purchase of Chromebooks, cases, and carts.
Camdenton’s technology mission also includes security, professional development, continuous parent, student, and teacher input, and ongoing evaluations showing the district’s technology efforts are on par and even exceed national accomplishments. Local evaluations show proficiency in digital teaching and learning. Equally important, the District has recognized the necessity of infrastructure to support technology education and is completing its mission with increased bandwidth as well as a fiber optic network.