The East Irondequoit Central School district is committed to providing the best teaching and learning environment possible for our students. We understand that the technology available today has the power to profoundly change the way we teach, interact, and learn. This is why we firmly believe that we must integrate appropriate technology into every aspect of our work, and leverage it in every way possible. This is the foundation for our digital conversion.

Digital conversion at work

We will ensure that every student has access to digital tools and resources by providing a computing device for them, regardless of their background or socio-economic status. This includes students with special needs, and those who are at-risk learners. By making technology available for every single student we will engage them in ways simply not possible with textbooks and traditional classroom resources. Our goal is to systematically transform classroom instruction from being paper-based and lecture-driven to one where the instruction is technology-enhanced, complemented with digital resources, and more teacher-facilitated and student-centered. We will create an engaging learning environment where information and resources are available 24/7 at student fingertips and where learning is more collaborative, inquiry-driven and personalized.

All of our students will become digitally literate and have the opportunity to learn and develop the 21st century skills they will need to enter college or the workplace. These important skills include creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, being able to engage in independent research, collaborate and communicate. They will also understand what it means to be a digital citizen.

We will engage all teachers and provide them with ongoing quality professional development, and help them develop technology-enriched relevant curriculum. There will be a sustained focus on using data to support decisions, and on providing easy to use digital resources to teachers for this purpose.

All of our parents will have the opportunity to be more actively engaged and immersed in the educational experiences of their student. We will accomplish this through the thoughtful adoption of collaborative digital resources, such as our Learning Management System.

Our district digital conversion will be accomplished without creating a financial burden on our taxpayers. We have a replacement cycle already in place for our instructional desktop computers and laptops, and instead of replacing all of them we will instead start equipping students with a less expensive dedicated device. We will eventually be able to supplant our existing equipment with 1:1 devices, and build a budget structure to reflect this. This approach was used successfully by many schools involved with the Project Red research.

We will create greater awareness about this initiative with businesses, organizations, and institutions of higher learning in our community, explain why it is so important for the success of our students, and ask for their support. We will routinely share data to demonstrate our progress, and invite other districts to visit and learn about our new approach to teaching and learning in East Irondequoit.