Students entering Watauga High School are entering a program designed to propel their learning well beyond the newly formed walls—one that challenged the school’s IT team to design the most significant technology implementation in the school’s history.
But as the district broke ground on the new building—offering large open spaces for collaborative study, a media center, plus amenities like Wi-Fi® and video projection in every room, WHS technology facilitators had a mission of their own. The goal? Put a PC in the hands of nearly 1,500 students within a three-week window at the start of the school year. To be successful, instructional technology facilitator Nancy Zeiss and teachers like James Eichmiller knew they first had to test laptops in a 1:1 pilot program to gain critical support from the district technology team, teachers, students and parents. Clearly, as the walls began going up, so would the pressure on the 1:1 Implementation Team.