Technology is a critical part of teaching and preparing our students for the 21st Century. To meet the needs of our students, the Sheboygan Area School District has begun a Digital Conversion. The goal of this conversion is to have students be able to locate, analyze, and apply information to solve problems and publish their results. The purpose of the Digital Conversion Initiative is to employ technology in ways that improve teaching and learning through increased student engagement while teaching the Common Core standards focusing on reading and mathematics. It is imperative to note that this project is a curriculum and instruction project, not a technology project. Through this paradigm shift in methodology, we are changing the way teachers teach and students learn, while utilizing an awesome set of technological tools.
Beginning this school year, 6th grade teacher workstations will be replaced with laptops. Teachers will be posting their resources on an edmodo site for student and parent access and will be authoring their own classroom book using iBooks Author. This roll-out will be expanded to include 7th through 12th grade students in subsequent years. At the elementary level, all 3rd grade students will have an iPod available for our iRead program. The number of document cameras, SmartBoards, and LCD projectors have increased significantly along with professional development in the use of these devices with the goal of enhancing learning for all of our students.