Pickerington Local School District, Pickerington, Ohio
District State: Ohio
District Website: pickerington.k12.oh.us
Pickerington Local School District leaders believed they had a solid technology plan in place and resources to boot, but couldn’t get a 1-to-1 device program off the ground without first addressing pedagogy.
Numerous reports within the district indicated that schools weren’t using technology at full capacity. This suggested a need to show teachers how to use new tools and leverage strategies to make technology a positive addition to the classroom, says Brian Seymour, director of instructional technology.
To support this endeavor, the district set out to hire four education technology coordinators who had prior success integrating technology and who were willing to co-teach, model and coach teachers. The district tapped a group of coordinators who also had administrative licenses to provide support at the district level.
“The plan has been an effective solution,” Seymour says. “The coordinators have been very intentional with their work with teachers, realizing that teachers are at all different levels of technical skill and integration.”
With the extra support, teachers have been emboldened to add new technologies to instruction. All 10,600 students now participate in the 1-to-1 program. Additionally, there has been increased creativity among students—from publishing books and creating videos using green screens to developing a K12 computer science pathway, Seymour says.
“We believe none of these technology initiatives could have been successfully put in place without our edtech coordinators,” Seymour adds.