Touching the Future of Education

The Instructional Technology Department of Monroe City Schools strives to provide our students and faculty with the latest technology in an effort to provide the most engaging and up-to-date learning environment for our students.  This year alone, the department is helping to purchase and deploy over 1000 laptops and an additional 415 desktop PCs throughout the district, not to mention iPads for the schools with younger students.  This deployment is part of the overall goal of moving the district to a 1-to-1 environment.

We have begun placing Sharp Aquos Boards in classrooms as older SMART Boards, some of which were originally placed in the district over eight years ago, begin to cease functioning.  The new boards, part of a pilot program, allow for up to 10 points of touch and wireless interaction, allowing the teacher to move about the room and still be in control of the board content.  Using Microsoft Surface Pro computers, teachers will literally be able to teach from anywhere in the class, and students will be able to manipulate information in an interactive, real-time environment.

Karari Hanks, NHS Science Teacher, and Student Demonstrate how to balance  a chemical equation using the new Sharp Aquos Board.

Multiple training sessions on using the new technology to flip the classroom and engage students are being offered through the IT Department.  Not only does the department help provide the equipment, but it supports the teachers to ensure effective use of this latest technology.  Teachers who are comfortable with the equipment will embrace it and utilize it in the most efficient manner.