Dr. Thad Clayton
System Technology Coordinator
School Technology Coordinator
Elementary School Technologist
Irwin County School District ’s technology mission is to ensure that all students, staff and teachers will have access to and use technology as a tool for teaching, learning, communication and collaboration. The system will integrate technology into system-wide management and classroom instruction to enhance the educational process. Our mission is to create technical opportunities for students to become critical thinkers, responsible individuals, productive citizens, and lifelong learners to meet the challenges of change in real-life situations.
Vision for Technology Use
The Irwin County School District envisions a school system that provides technologically- advanced environments which are accessible to all students, staff, and community members. The on-going and consistent use of this technology will improve instructional methods and administrative tasks, increase student achievement, and encourage parent involvement and communication.
We envision an infrastructure that is stable, secure and up-to-date. Funding will be sufficient to maintain the infrastructure and purchase the latest technology. Dependable wireless connections will be available in all buildings throughout the system. Technical expertise will be consistently available to support and maintain the network.
Computers will be available for use by all students, staff, and community members. Labs will be open during after-school hours and laptops will be available for checkout. All classrooms will be equipped with at least six modern computers, printers, projection devices, and electronic white boards. Laptop computers will be in use in many of the classrooms with a 1:1 computer to student ratio. Camcorders, digital cameras, and scanners will be available and in use by students and staff members.
Technical resources will be available to all teachers and students as part of the classroom infrastructure. Technology will be visible in classrooms through the use of peripherals such as probes, microscopes, and measuring devices. Students will be completing on-line virtual labs and research.
Instructional personnel have electronic systems that give them access to on-line curriculum, sample lesson plans and activities which correlate to the Georgia Performance Standards. These systems provide teachers and administrators the ability to view student information fro m the district’s student information system. Students will be assessed electronically with immediate feedback that will help teachers plan instruction. Instructional software for all subject areas will be purchased and updated to meet the needs of the teachers and students. Productivity software will be available for teachers, administrators, and staff. Students will incorporate productivity tools into the design and delivery of instructional projects while teachers will use productivity tools to enhance instructional methods.
Administrators will use technology to communicate, to monitor teachers’ lesson plans, to utilize student data in planning for improvement, to submit district and state reports, and to create presentations for meetings.
Through school and system websites, newsletters, and newspaper articles, parents and community members will be made aware of technology in the school system that will be available for their use. Parents will communicate with teachers regarding their child’s progress after viewing assignments, grades, and attendance via on-line access to the student information system.
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