Daily Reporter staff reports
FORTVILLE — The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation recently played host to a delegation of university and high school educators and representatives from the computer industry from the Republic of Korea. The delegation, which included a representative from the International Center in Indianapolis and two interpreters, toured Mt. Vernon High School to see the high-tech academy and observe digital integration in education.
MVCSC was selected to host the delegates to discuss the use of science, technology, engineering and math education and visit the integration of technology in MVCSC classrooms.
Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins shared how teachers and students effectively use technology in MVCSC’s one-to-one Digital Learning Environment (one computer device for each student/staff.) The district provides all students with devices for digital learning: grades kindergarten through fourth have iPads; student in fifth grade and above have Google Chromebooks.
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Dr. Robbins also presented how the district utilizes the delayed start on selected Wednesdays to provide professional development for staff in utilizing the district’s digital learning environment. Robbins explained how eLearning days are an example of the effective use of technology on inclement weather days. This school year, MVCSC will be using two scheduled eLearning days where students will essentially go to school at home, using their technology in a “virtual” classroom while teachers are engaged in professional development activities at school. Teachers will have virtual office hours to answer student questions at specified times during the day.
Mt. Vernon High School Principal Greg Roach shared a few of the digital platforms used by staff members for digital instruction with the Korean delegation. Project-based learning and additional digital resources were shared with the Republic of Korea guests. Roach led the group on a tour of Mt. Vernon High School.
Math teacher Joe Anderson presented his use of technology in algebra classes. He explained how he assigns the student to watch an instructional video from the teacher, and then use their class time for peer-collaboration. Mt. Vernon officials exchanged contact information with the Republic of Korea to continue to share resources and help improve education internationally.