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Re: [NYEdTech] Principals who rock tech

From: Kenneth R.
Sent on: Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:01 PM
Check out Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, KS, a town of about 3000 people. It's a public school that is literally across the road from a wheat field. 

A MacBook Pro for every student at the middle and high schools, and they have a hugely successful flexible learning program via a virtual charter school they started within the high school building, about 5–10 years ago. SVHS is an 'Apple Distinguished School,' and the district has built an authorized Apple repair center and community training/outreach program, as well, so they service their own equipment as well as for neighboring districts. Apparently it's the only Apple-authorized repair center in the country that is run by a school district. The high school is also planning a huge shift in how classes are taught, in order to optimize for self-paced learning and improve their leveraging of technology, starting next school year. 

This was my high school as a kid...but that was before a lot of the current practices were developed. At the time I was quite frustrated with limited course options—I wanted to take more advanced courses and dive deeper into topics, but when your entire high school has fewer than 400 students, offering a wide course selection gets tricky. That's changed a lot. My educational experience would be completely different if I were a kid at Smoky Valley, today.


Best wishes,

Kenny Roraback

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On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:13 AM, Mark W. Guay <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi all,

I'm helping out a friend of mine who is finishing up a phD on technology in schools and she is looking for principals who have been very successful with implementing technology in a school.

If you know any or a good resource to check out, can you please send me their info?

Thanks so much,

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