In Arizona’s rural Cottonwood Oak Creek School District, 70 percent of students receive a free or reduced-price lunch. Because many students do not have the resources at home to learn about and interact with technology, the team at Cottonwood wanted to foster improved technology skills, while also promoting student engagement in class.
“What we were looking at was trying to make our students college- and career-ready,” says Kathy Epperson, technology integration coach at Cottonwood. “We wanted to give them opportunities that are unexpected for a small community in the middle of Arizona.” Cottonwood received a large technology grant from Arizona in 2010. To increase technology proficiency, as well as get students more engaged and excited about learning, Epperson turned to two products from Mimio, implementing both MimioVote™ assessment and the MimioTeach™ interactive whiteboard during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.