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Goreville Schools Launch 1:1 Technology Initiative

Posted June 8, 2015 by Hilary Wright in News

In 2014, Goreville Schools was designated as a SMART Technology Showcase School for their integration of SMART technology throughout the district.  In 2015, they will take that a step forward with the launching of their 1:1 Technology Initiative for Goreville High School issuing Chromebook computer systems to all high school students starting with the 2015-2016 school year.

The initiative began in 2012 with the purchase of mobile computer labs aimed at piloting integrated learning within the classrooms.  Currently the district deploys 3 mobile labs including Chromebooks and IPads for classroom use.  After the pilot project was completed and teachers were given the opportunity to test the labs in their classrooms along with the installation of the fiber optic high-speed internet access last year, it was determined by the district to continue the initiative with high school students using Chromebook devices in all classes as a tool to improve learning and reduce the use of paper.

“We have been looking into providing this for our students for several years now since both colleges and businesses today are so dependent upon technology,” said Goreville Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb, “I’m absolutely thrilled that our kids will get the opportunity to better learn the skills that they will need for college and the workplace with this initiative.”

Technology coordinator Mike Helton used the devices and interactive programs in his history classroom during the pilot study.  “I can’t even begin to tell you how it has changed the teaching and learning process when students get to interact with the subject matter and the teacher in a fun and engaging way – it is just remarkable.”

Principal Jeri Miller said that this initiative also helps balance the opportunity to access quality research tools.  “Some kids have great technology at home and can even bring that technology with them to help them at school while others simply do not have that access.  This program will make it where every student has the same opportunity to learn with the same access to high quality technology.”