Greencastle-Antrim School District “One-to-One” Task Force to present technology integration plan

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim School District has been planning for its next steps in the world of integrating technology into education. As part of this planning process, a Task Force comprised of educators, administrators, students and parents has been working together and initial planning and piloting is now underway. The program emphasizes equalizing the learning platform for ALL students.

According to Dr. Robert Crider, Chief Educational Officer, “Administratively we have been planning for GASD’s next steps in the world of technology integration into education. We have watched districts around us, across the state and nation take the next steps into a world of One-to-One programs. It is now time for GASD to develop our story, our plan to provide our students with the tools, strategies, knowledge and competencies to succeed—not in OUR world, but in THEIR world.”

The task force has been working steadily and is gearing up and getting ready to launch the GASD one-to-one program that they have named ETO—Equal Tech Opportunities. Beginning with the start of the 2016-17 school year in August, each student at the high school will be issued a tablet device chosen based on criteria such as extended battery life, availability of a detachable keyboard and other valuable functions. The task force is also evaluating and proposing appropriate revisions to the district’s technology acceptable use policies to create safeguards and procedures for student technology use within the school day.

In an effort to keep the community informed of the ETO program, the district will hold an informative presentation on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Greencastle-Antrim High School auditorium.

“We look forward to input from parents and other community members, “says Dr. Crider. “We know that the world our students are entering is very different than the one we stepped into after high school, and we are excited to ensure that they are ready.”