This year, in Hardin County Schools, we have begun the “Non-Traditional Instructional Days” conversation. For my SoCal friends, let me translate: Snow Days. 🙂
Our superintendent asked all teachers in the district (the 4th largest in Kentucky) to do a “practice” NTI lesson. The idea is to begin looking at data. Who has internet access at home? What would this look like across the district? We have 24 schools, approximately 14,000+ students and over 1000 certified staff in Hardin County Schools. This has the potential to be quite daunting.
GSuite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) has made this task manageable. Classrooms across the district are harnessing the power of Classroom, Sites and Google Drive to create these lessons to track student usage at home to prepare for potential NTI days.
This month alone the HCS Technology department added a HUGE amount of Chromebooks to our network across the district. Chromebooks are being utilized everywhere. Most schools have at least one 1:1 (or close) classroom.
Erica Wyatt, 5th grade teacher at Creekside Elementary School and #HCSInnovate Teacher Fellow, was a 1:1 Chromebook grant recipient in 2015. Her classroom is quite blended but her students are proficient gSuite users. With the rise in NTI conversations in her building, Erica decided to call on her own students to lead the charge with the “littles” at Creekside.
The best part is that it looks like the Kinders weren’t the only ones who learned a thing or two. 😉
Way to go Erica & 5th graders. This is what it’s all about!