Because the Plymouth Community School Corporation it so advanced at using technology and have gone to the 1 to 1 computers for students they have received numerous calls from other school corporations wanting to know how they funded the project, how the school implemented them and how they are working out. Instead of having visitors throughout the year they put on a special seminar.
More than 70 individuals spent a good portion of the day at Lincoln Junior High. Superintendents, school board members, teachers and IT directors were on hand to learn the various aspects on implementing 1 to 1 computers in their schools. Discussions during the day included infrastructure, wiring, band width, funding the purchase of hundreds of computers, how to handle repairs, insurance policies, and training teachers to use the computers in their classrooms.
Several LJH students served as ambassadors by conducting tours, answering questions, and sitting on the panel.
Amy Gerard, Technology Integration Specialist at Lincoln Junior High said, “Our school corporation is giving our kids the keys they will need for their futures.”
The event was sponsored by Apple Computers with them providing lunch for attendees and literature. The Plymouth Community School Corporation provided the staff: Principal Dan Funston who spoke about the nuts and bolts of the system, funding and monitoring. Science teacher Bob Read, Math teacher Betsy Baron and Language Arts teacher Sarah McKenzie explained the teaching and learning process and a couple of students talked about learning with the computers.