In the court of public opinion, the most recent webinar with education and technology leaders from across Kentucky provided a clear picture of the advanced technology and collaborative learning opportunities for students in Scott County. Before a jury of Law & Justice students at Elkhorn Crossing School, with Superintendent Patricia Putty serving as judge, Kentucky Department of Education Chief Data Officer David Couch stood trial in the spirit of learning.
Law & Justice Teacher and Attorney Michael Tackett charged Couch with a significant responsibility ---being the person that must lead the state’s educational technology program. The trial would prove beyond reasonable doubt that Couch must continue to set high expectations for the integration of technology into the learning environment in Kentucky.
Some very persuasive witnesses took the stand to share their first-hand account of how technology is integrated into the classroom in Scott County. Michelle Nichols, Principal of Elkhorn Crossing School, shared information about the school’s focus on project-based learning, use of advanced technology, and collaboration among content areas in each of the school’s five villages: Biomedical Science, Engineering, Media Arts, Health Science, and Law & Justice. Two students described the significance of their study at ECS as well as their future plans which exemplify both next-generation learning and college and career readiness.
Lemons Mill Elementary School Principal Lori Beth Mays shared the keystone of her school philosophy: Celebration, Communication, and Collaboration. Mays, and a fourth grade student from her school, described the Collaboration Stations, interactive learning opportunities, and village square concept of Scott County’s newest school. Technology and collaborative learning take place in numerous ways on a daily basis at the innovative school.
The monthly webinar highlights technology, collaboration, and innovation from school districts throughout the state. Roughly 85% of all education technology leaders across the state participate in this sharing of best practices.