Isaac Dickson works hard to make appropriate instructional technology available to all classes and to train teachers and staff members to use best practices for technology integration.
In addition to the classroom technology listed below, the media center curates a collection of technology resources to be used by the whole school. Our maker space includes two 3D printers; a set of 10 Sphero robots; Cubetto, a robot for teaching coding skills without screens; Makey Makeys, LittleBits, and a flim studio with green screen.
Each classroom in our new building is outfitted with a ClearTouch Interactive Panel. A relatively new evolution of the old SMART Boards that you may be familiar with. These panels accept ten points of touch at once, meaning that multiple students can be working out problems and interacting with the board at once. Each ClearTouch panel also has a HoverCam Solo 8 document camera/web camera attached, so that teachers may display books, student work, and other items on the board, as well as video conference with classes from across asheville and around the world.
The drop in price of Chromebooks and educationally sourced iPads has helped us outfit our students with many devices.
Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade use iPads. For the 17-18 school year, each K class has 5 iPads and each 1st grade class has 10. Often teachers will share with each other when more access is needed for a particular project.
2nd grade students started this year with iPads, but will be transitioning to Chromebooks mid-year. There are 38 iPads available for the grade level and 20 Chromebooks have been ordered.
3rd, 4th, and 5th grades use Chromebooks.
This year, the 3rd grade has access to 39 Chromebooks, 20 of which have touch-screens. The 4th grades have 42 chromebooks between the four classes.
We have implemented a 1:1 program with our 5th grade this year. There is one chromebook for each student in our 5th grade.