Wednesday, February 5 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
"Leading Through Changing Times: Breaking Down the Barriers to Get Results"

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How do you move a school district from 20th century technology to 21st century technology in eighteen months? This sounds like the beginning of a riddle that all administrators come across sometime during their administration. This is the story of an administrator who was able to answer this riddle successfully. This school district moved from very little technology to a 1:1 iPad program K – 5 in eighteen months. Not only did we move from a 3 star school to a 4 star school during this time, we changed the culture of the school. Saying that iPads saved our school might sound like an exaggeration; however, it did change the culture of our school to a more positive and collaborative environment.
As superintendent/elementary principal of a small rural school district in Idaho, we created a plan to implement technology. We had hoped that we would end up with 1:1 technology K – 12. That was the goal. However, the evolution of this plan was so much more than adding iPads in the elementary school. We moved from teachers who never thought the technology would work to using Educreations to teach math when the teacher was out for the afternoon. How did we break down these negative barriers and move to a technology model for the state? It took time, respect for all staff members, and support. We began with the administration. They learned the technology first and were required to use it in their daily actions. Then we gave the technology to all staff members, teachers and paraprofessionals, with the expectation that the iPad was theirs to use personally. Once they saw the uses in their personal lives, the technology flowed into their work lives as well. It was a simple plan, but simple is not always easy.

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Cindy Orr

Associate Professor of Innovations in Learning, Northwest Nazarene University
Cindy Orr, Ed. D.Currently, Dr. Orr is an Associate Professor of Innovation in Learning at Northwest Nazarene University’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. She is a researcher in the Khan Academy Idaho Pilot Project, Blended Learning in a Rural Alternative Education... Read More →

Wednesday February 5, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm

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