Connections 2017

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12 Meadow Lane third-grade teachers Diane Grady, left, Leslie Mooring, middle, and Penny Bake discuss lesson plans using tablet computers. Advancing EDUCATION Through TECHNOLOGY Meadow Lane Elementary second grade teacher, Trish Bair, left and first grade teacher Belinda Ham brainstorm ways to use the visual storytelling application "Storybird" to inspire the imaginations and writing skills of students in their classrooms A s technology continues to shape the way people learn and access information, Wayne County schools are working to keep up with the rapid pace of change that comes with the digital era. Through educational programs designed both to give teachers and students access to technology and teach them how to use it, the district is making progress in catching up with 21st-century learning practices, said David Lewis, Wayne County Public Schools assistant superintendent for accountability/information and tech- nology services. "We are currently halfway through year one of a five-year technology improvement plan," he said, adding that the district had not previously made tech upgrades in years. "The bot- tom line was we were behind on the technology and equipment our stu- dents and teachers had access to." That plan includes several benchmarks which the dis- trict hopes to hit along the way. Lewis said that by the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the district plans to have finished hardware and network upgrades at every Wayne County school. Those additions would facilitate integrating technology into classrooms in the form of tablets and other devices to make learning easier. Teachers can use technology in a number of ways. Working with WCPS, Carver Heights Elementary began a program with the Apple company last year which gave the school a one-to-one ratio of iPad devices to students as well as the network infrastructure to use them. The school regrouping plan adopted by the Wayne See TECH, Page 13 Wayne County Public Schools connects teachers and students with technology to help better learn and educate. Story by JOEY PITCHFORD Photos by SETH COMBS

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