East Noble School Corporation’s technology standards are integrated into the K-12 curriculum across the district where all teachers are reading, writing, and technology teachers. ENSC educators are preparing students for employment opportunities and the careers of the future; careers that have not even been fully realized yet. In order to assure that the students of today are prepared for this unknown future, the one constant that can be certain is that technology is evolving at a tremendous rate and will play a role in their future career choices. This evolving technology will shape our world in ways that we cannot even image. In order for students to gain 21st Century and Web 2.0 skills, they must have an opportunity to utilize technology as frequently as possible. However, hardware and software alone do not prepare students. Based on the NETS*S and Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards, our technology standards provide teachers a roadmap to help increase student achievement in an embedded vs. isolated fashion. The following documents and presentations give detailed information about the technology standards and their role in our district.
Peer Coaches and Professional Development
Successful connected educational environments rely on connected educators! With the enormous amount of resources available through the internet, through devices, through applications, through social media, and many other sources, it is a full time job for teachers to develop their technology integration skills. East Noble School Corporation believes a connected educational environment is imperative for student success in school and life. To create this learning environment for students, it is also critical to provide support and training to teachers.
Upon initial implementation of a connected educational environment in January of 2010, ENSC teachers prioritized their needs and provided professional development for district educators. This peer led training was very impactful and addressed what teachers needed to begin our journey. However, those early trainings were not enough. As demonstrated daily, technology is constantly evolving and learning a few applications is not enough to engage students and is not sustainable. In the fall of 2011 when devices were placed in the hands of the students, true professional development began through the use of Technology Coaches. These peer coaches are responsible for coaching, training, modeling, and researching technology use in the classroom. They are employed full time and arrange small group, large group, and one-on-one trainings during the teacher’s prep period, before school, after school, and during collaboration time. In addition, these coaches are also responsible for vetting software/applications and very basic troubleshooting to ensure teachers and students are successful with technology integration. These peer coaches also maintain resources pages for staff.
Each year, ENSC organizes a large one- or two-day summer conference that is “packed” with sessions that are taught by teachers for teachers entitled "Knight-Time Technology". Because this is supported through an Indiana Department of Education grant, teachers from other districts also present and attend these conferences.