Carroll T. Overton was the first elementary school in the Rowan-Salisbury system to be computer networked. The wire began to be run in 1995, with every classroom having at least 3 networked computers.
In 2009, we started a 1:1 iPod touch project with our 5th grade. The project was expanded to include 3rd and 4th grades as well. In 2012-2013, iPads were rolled out to grades K-2. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the remaining iPods were replaced with iPads making Overton a 1:1 iPad S.T.E.M. Academy! The iPad has allowed our teachers to stay up to date on the latest technology. Students use their devices daily in the classrooms and on field trips. Each 3rd-5th grade classroom is also equipped with a MacBook cart of 10. The MacBooks allow students to create podcasts, videos and other media to share using the various technology tools available.
Nearly every classroom at Overton is equipped with an interactive white board, LCD projector, Apple TV, and has interactive devices at their disposal. Every classroom teacher is assigned a MacBook and iPad. We have two computer labs with a full-time technology facilitator. The entire campus has wireless access, making very efficient use of technology an invaluable learning tool to enhance the delivery of curriculum. Our school also has a S.T.E.M. lab equipped with a Promethean Board, iMac Station, iPad tools, Veneer science equipment, Lego robitics, and many other wonderful resources to encourage the development of S.T.E.M. skills, making them a part of every element of curriculum.
All of this variety demands great effort from our staff in order to keep up with what is available and how to use it, but we believe our students, your children, are the beneficiaries. Teachers undergo weekly staff development, and are also broken into iPad User Groups to facilitate collaboration of best practices infusing technology, particularly the iPad, into their classrooms. The goal is to leverage the use of technology to transform how students learn. OES staff works in a professional learning environment in conjunction with curriculum support staff as well as the technology facilitator to incorporate strategies utilizing the tools available to transform instruction, with a primary focus on building and enhancing literacy and building a personalized, relavent, collaborative, and connected learning environment.
Students are expected to handle the equipment with care, and the staff at OES gives ownership of the devices to the students while in their respective classes. Students and parents agree to terms set in our OES Technology Contract, and they are to uphold their end of the deal. Overton staff believes students are capable of handling the responsibilities associated with having the devices available. Because of our belief in the use of technology devices enhancing the curriculum, students are in an engaged, collaborative, open environment of their own creation. We are proud of each and every student and the skills beyond the curriculum they are learning by being a part of OES!
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