Congratulations to Noblesville Schools on being the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning (well, taxpayers, actually). The money will be used to support the school district’s shift to 1:1 technology, the schools tell us. And that means iPads are on the way for every student in one classroom in each elementary school. Andrew Swickheimer, director of technology for the schools, has said the grant will allow Noblesville to create and implement a pilot program for digital technology in the elementary schools. Ultimately, the district’s goal is to provide upper-elementary students access to digital technology every day while at school. The grant also covers professional development for teachers, who would pilot the elementary program during next school year. The schools said teachers selected for the program would attend conferences and collaborate as they work to curate a digital curriculum. Those teachers can then assume a leadership role while providing professional development for others. The program already is in use at Noblesville High School, where sophomores, juniors and seniors are on board. For next year, the plan is to bring sixth- through ninth-graders into the fold.
Noblesville’s grant was one of 20 awarded to school districts statewide by the Office of eLearning, the schools said. Our belief is this will be money well spent.