December 6, 2013 SADA Admin

School District Technology Supporting Classroom Learning 

Scott McDaniel Director of Technology Services

October 17, 2013

Bring our Own Device, aka, "BYOD" is a national movement to advance access to technology in the classroom. "Student learning is changing, we need to bring the tools students are using every day into the classroom," says Scott. Hundreds of school districts across the state are embracing personal mobile devices for in classroom learning. These devices include smart phones and tablets. For the past two years the district’s Technology Services team has been improving the quality of the district’s network to include improved security filters and bandwidth for wireless access.

"We are ready to make this move and join other Clark County districts in supporting mobile learning," says Scott. The move will happen in stages with pilot programs starting this academic year at CAM Academy, Daybreak Middle School, and Prairie  High School. Each school will receive additional support including professional development for teachers to utilize BYOD methods in the classroom. Procedural reviews will also take place to ensure appropriate and responsible use of the devices.  

"This process is not without its challenges," says Scott, "this is why we need to be intentional in our next steps and planning." The concern of student equity and access to devices has been taken into consideration as well. District-owned technology will still be
available to students and the BYOD approach will add the needed devices for school
wide implementation.

Audience members expressed their excitement of increased mobile learning. Summit View ASB President, Eliya Mironov says, "This is the perfect way to move forward," and asked the Board to support the process. Two active Pleasant Valley PTA Presidents, Heidi Palena and Melinda Darley, expressed their support by sharing the impact technology advances using mobile devices have had at Pleasant Valley Primary School. 

The Board endorsed Scott’s presentation and told him to, “move forward” with these exciting advancements in technology.

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