Buncombe County Schools promotes and supports the seamless integration of media and technology resources to create a 21st century learning environment. Networked computer labs, wireless mobile carts and individual classroom computers are accessible within each school. Interactive white boards, data projectors, digital cameras, document cameras and hand held devices are used in most schools.
A variety of software programs including Kidspiration, Inspiration, Graph Club, Geometers Sketchpad, Microsoft Office products, eBbooks, Moviemaker, PhotoStory, Kidpix, Interactive Whiteboards and others are used to enhance learning. Sustained professional development is provided for teachers to ensure the successful use of these resources in the classroom.
Each school provides access to a library media center and computer labs that are equipped with a variety of media and technology resources to support student learning.
BCS remains committed to providing adequate technology resources to ensure the development of information technology literacy among our students and to prepare students for participation in a diverse, global society.
Elementary School Classroom Technology
The focus of classroom technology at the elementary level is to familiarize students with basic technology resources and to integrate the North Carolina Information and Technology Standards within the Common Core and NC Essential Standards. Elementary teachers are engaged in ongoing professional development to learn how to best integrate these resources within the elementary curriculum. All elementary schools are equipped with a networked computer lab that houses the Integrated Learning System. Elementary students regularly attend the computer lab to complete self-paced lessons designed to enhance math and reading skills.
Teacher have access to "Presentation Suites" consisting of a data projector, document camera and desktop/laptop for presenting and interacting in a blended learning environment. Many classroom are also equipped with interactive whiteboards enhancing the technology experience.
Middle School Classroom Technology
The focus of classroom technology at the middle school is continue to integrate the North Carolina Information and Technology Standards within the Common Core and NC Essential Standards. Middle school teachers and media specialists also continue to broaden students' knowledge of technology for the purpose of accessing, organizing, and sharing information. Students learn to select appropriate technology tools to gather data and information, organize that data and information, and present it effectively.
As in the elementary classrooms, middle school teachers have access to "Presentation Suites" and interactive whiteboards to enhance the classroom learning environment.
High School Classroom Technology
Online learning is becoming an integral part of the high school learning experience. Students enrolled in distance learning courses have access to wireless laptops, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College courses, NCVPS and BCS Moodle (LMS). Students seeking additional elective credits may take online courses during the school day using wireless laptops. Students seeking to recover a failed course may enroll in Online Course Recovery during regular school hours, afternoon sessions at select schools and Summer Mini-Mester.
Online SAT preparatory/review materials are made available in school computer labs during review sessions. Departments at each high school integrate technology such as web based resources, graphing calculators, computer assisted design software, science probes, and course specific software to expand and enhance student learning.
Student use technology tools and other web resources to:
- Collaborate (Google Docs)
- Access information (multi-database search engines, online primary resources and virtual content).
- Organization information (wikis, blogs and Moodle)
- Design products to share information with others (web based presentations tools, Web 2.0 tools, web graphics, podcasts, and video repositories)
Teacher have access to "Presentation Suites" consisting of an interactive data projector, document camera and laptop for presenting and interacting in a blended learning environment.
For more information please contact,
Robert Frisby, Lead Instructional Technology Specialist