World-class students and families deserve world-class facilities, which is why the district is working to ensure that all CCSD students have access cutting-edge technology in their classrooms, computer labs and media centers. Classroom Modernization evolved from a grassroots outcry from teachers fed up with the inequity in classrooms across Charleston County. Teachers were surveyed about their technology needs and wants in the classroom and a presentation was presented to School board in 2007 to get approval for the plan. A committee made up of school and district representatives was formed to make key decisions regarding the Technology Modernization Plan.
These plans have become a reality thanks to the capital funds that were approved for this project in 2008. These capital funds are separate from General Operating Funds and legally may only be used for technology modernization.
Charleston County School District’s Technology Modernization Project is intended to provide a 21st Century learning environment for every child, in every school, every day.
Technology Modernization Update: iPads
Technology modernization is currently a five year plan to upgrade technology in the district as well as provide equal access for all students. the originally plan included replacing 2 student desktop computers in each classroom. Historical data from both formal and informal classroom observations and teacher feedback demonstrates that classroom student computers are not being utilized regularly. Teachers explain it is just not feasible to cycle 30 students through 2 desktop computers to complete an assignment, and assessment or a project with the expectation of increasing student achievement.
The Technology Modernization Committee concurred with these classroom challenges and different options were researched over the past 13 months. The affordable cost of student wireless devices, like the iPad, allows these devices to become a replacement option for student desktops.
Because this is a progressive change, CCSD has opted to delay year 4 of classroom technology modernization for 12 months to strategically integrate 1:1 student devices on a small scale to study the increases in student achievement, technical aspects, professional development and cost savings for the district.