1:1 Technology Survey for
For each student there is a web
message posted into their child's harmony account. Log in with your
child's harmony password from your child's school webpage. The link
to access the students harmony web account is to the left in the
column marked harmony. If you do not know your child's harmony
username and password call the school or email
The following a copy of the web message from
Southwest School Superintendent Mr. Chris Stitzle which is
found after you log into your child's harmony account.
As I review our past and as we also now look to
the future, it appears the Southwest School Corporation is at a
crossroads in terms of technology direction. Over the years, our
schools have been updated with computers and other technology
devices, however many of these devices are now out of date, slow,
and basically worn out. The invention of the I-Pad, Droid, and Kunos
tablet has many schools looking at initiatives involving 1:1
technology with their students. So our crossroads is do we replace
these labs with new computers or do we look at a 1:1 implementation.
As I have personally begun to think about the future of the
Southwest School Corporation as it relates to technology, I envision
a direction that involves 1:1 technology. I see a school environment
in which each student would carry some type of device with them to
class each day. The device would have the ability to display and
manage all necessary course or grade level curriculum and related
resources. It would provide the students with greater communication
opportunities with their teachers. I believe 1:1 technology allows
more opportunities for teachers to create lessons or mini lessons to
meet the students' individual needs thus creating an environment of
My vision my not be that of our staff, community, or students so I
also believe the future direction of the school corporation needs
input from our stakeholders before a path is determined. Using input
from our stakeholders is essential to success of any initiative
undertaken by the school corporation.
With that being said, we completed a survey with the teachers of the
school corporation last week. This week we currently are asking the
parents of the Southwest School Corporation students to participate
in a survey to give us some feedback on how they feel about perhaps
moving to a 1:1 technology initiative. Is this an investment parents
are willing to make in their child's future? Then the students will
be surveyed to collect their thoughts about the technology future.
Finally, we will provide the community the opportunity to
participate in the survey process at the annual Sullivan Corn
Festival. This will be September 19-22. After all surveys from all
groups are finished, results will be published on our web-site and
then discussion and decisions will be made based on the feedback
from the surveys of all the groups. We want everyone to have a voice
in this decision as it affects everyone on one level or another.
Thanks for your participation!!