TC schools recognized for technology innovation

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Taylor County School District has once again been recognized for implementation and innovation of technology in the classroom.

Taylor and Carroll counties were among 30 top-ranking districts nationwide in the 10th annual Digital School District Survey conducted by the National School Board Association and the Center for Digital Education.

Carroll County tied for fourth place and Taylor County Schools placed ninth in the small district category.

According to a release by the NSBA, the survey showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community, and improve district operations.

"Technology innovations enable local school boards to connect with their communities and support students and teachers in ways that were unimaginable even a decade ago," said NSBA's Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. "The 2014 Digital School Districts Survey offers powerful examples of technology's role in the transformation of public education."

School districts were selected for their expanding use of innovative technologies district-wide as well as in the classroom.

Taylor County Schools Superintendent Roger Cook said this is the first time Taylor County has been recognized by the survey.

"The strengths we have are our one-on-one iPad initiative and our use of them in our teaching," Cook said. "We flip classrooms, teachers video our lessons for viewing 24/7/365 days a year."

In addition to the district's performance-based education system, there are several ways the district uses technology that are unique.

Laura Raganas and Jessica McCubbin, technology integration specialists, are in classrooms daily assisting with the implementation of technology. She said their role is to promote the use of technology to support student achievement in the pre kindergarten through high school senior classroom.

The district also offers an electronic library system that delivers content electronically to students and parents featuring more than 1,800 electronic books.

According to Cook, technology allows the district to individualize each students' education and students can work at their own pace.

"The only weakness is we don't have enough of them for every student," Cook said.