After a year of planning GM is able to take the last steps toward a new technologically integrated curriculum
With the help of George Mason Technology Coordinator Steve Knight, and many others, the plea to increase technology within the Falls Church School Public Schools has been revisited again: this time with a concrete triennial plan to implement a “Personalized Learning” initiative in the 2014-2015 school year.
Starting the week of August 11, every student in George Mason will receive a laptop as part of the newly developed, "Personalized Learning" initiative. The full details of the plan are found in Falls Church City Public Schools Instructional Technology, Strategic Planning Integration Recommendations manual. This plan was just recently approved (on April 9, 2014) by the Virginia Department of Education, and is officially part of the GM curriculum.
“I’m excited about the promise of every kid having a technological resource in their hands,” said George Mason Principal Tyrone Byrd. “It’ll make it easier in school and they’ll be able to personalize it to their own interests and also take it home.”
A parent meeting will be required during the two weeks starting August 11 to sign devices out to students. Then, once school starts, the first few days of classes will also incorporate informational workshops that help assist the transition. Also, throughout the school year, an on-site assistance booth, and more services will be provided for faculty and students.
“We have heard loud and clear (from the reaction of the 1-1 program) that if we are going to be giving students and faculty members laptops, training is a critical step that will need to be incorporated within our school year,” said Knight.
The recognition of this training program has already made its way to the 2014-2015 calendar. Before and during the school year staff will have a minimum of 20 hours of technology integration training.
“It doesn’t replace the teacher and the relationship they have with their students, so we’re going to help them walk that balance,” said Byrd.
For more information about FCCPS’ upcoming “Personalized Learning” program visit the FCCPS Instructional Technology Strategic Planning and Integration Presentation
“I’m really excited about it, our teachers are excited about it, there’ll be a lot of development over the summer to prepare for that so we’ll hit the ground running next year,” said Byrd.
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