Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Floydada ISD Named Winner of 2010 Sylvia Charp Award: The Small West Texas District's 1-to-1 Computing Program Is Helping to Put an Increasing Number of Its Students on the Path to College

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Floydada ISD Named Winner of 2010 Sylvia Charp Award: The Small West Texas District's 1-to-1 Computing Program Is Helping to Put an Increasing Number of Its Students on the Path to College

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T.H.E. Journal and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) have named Floydada Independent School District (FISD) the 2010 winner of the Sylvia Charp Award for districtwide innovation in technology. This small, rural West Texas district, with 85 percent of its student population coming from poor socioeconomic backgrounds, has used technology not only to increase student achievement substantially, but also to enroll many of its students in college courses prior to graduation.

Six years ago, FISD used state grant funding to launch a 1-to-i pilot project in its junior high school. While the grant provided the initial funding, the district has shown great resourcefulness in gathering and redirecting funds to expand the program into its high school and elementary school and generate a constant revenue stream to maintain it.

To support the 1-to-1 program, Floydada installed wireless technology, multiple T1 lines, and fiber-optic cables throughout its schools. The technology has helped virtually all Floydada seniors take at least one college course via distance learning, in spite of the nearest community college being 70 miles away. The district is also committed to evaluation and continuous improvement, requiring all teachers to attend a minimum of three days of technology training each year and also to do walkthroughs of their colleagues' classrooms and observe examples of technology usage they can learn from. …

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