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Going Digital

April 2013

Written by Kameron C. Ball, Ph.D Director of Technology, Clinton Public School District All photographs taken by Sandi Beason and Kameron Ball

Š Clinton Public School District, 2013 The resources and materials found within this iBook are for educational and informational purposes only. This content is not to be sold or distributed without express consent of the Clinton Public School District Board of Trustees. i

FORWARD Technology has grown to influence nearly every aspect of daily life. Whether it is shopping at the grocery store, depositing money at the bank, driving your car, making an airline reservation or ordering pizza delivery - chances are “there’s an app for that” and technology is involved.

Much research, planning and work have gone into developing the Clinton School District’s Digital Learning Initiative. For nearly two years, our administrators and teachers held meetings to discuss curriculum, assessment, technology and professional development needs. As Chapter 1 will illustrate, we have already made incredible strides toward our goal of a district-wide 1:1 implementation. Our Digital Learning Initiative provides:

Today is an exciting time to be in education. Like never before, our students and teachers have access to more information, incredible resources and new mobile technology to enhance and accelerate learning. The Clinton Public School District is proud to announce the Digital Learning Initiative — a new plan focused on enhancing academic learning through new technology resources. As a result of the Digital Learning Initiative, every student, teacher and administrator will use either an iPad or MacBook laptop for instructional purposes. This initiative is an outcome of the Clinton Public School District’s Strategic Plan, first developed in 2008 and revised in 2011. Our Strategic Plan includes five bold goals for ensuring that our schools continue the tradition of excellence that Clinton is known for while growing and expanding in positive new ways. The themes of our Strategic Plan are:

• Every K-2 classroom with a mobile cart of iPad mini devices • Every 3-5 classroom with a mobile cart of iPads • Every 6-12 grade student with a MacBook Air laptop • Every classroom teacher and school administrator with a MacBook Pro laptop • Every school with a robust wireless network - one access point in every classroom and multiple points in common areas • Every teacher with access to quality digital curriculum content, with the goal of moving toward digital textbooks and resources • Every student to receive digital literacy and safety training

1. Customer Service

The purpose of this iBook is to provide readers with a glimpse into the direction that the Clinton Public School District is moving. This book serves as an example of the type of “digital textbook” that our teachers and students can create using iBooks Author, a free software application. We appreciate your time and continued support and hope you will join us in our quest of Going Digital!

2. High Accountability and Achievement 3. State-of-the-Art Facilities and Technology 4. High Quality Educators 5. Coordinated School Health and Wellness



The History of 1:1 in CPSD

“Technology in education must attempt to prepare today’s learners to meet the demands of tomorrow.” - Bob Lenz, educator and school leader


Clinton Public School District’s Digital Learning Initiative

fused throughout every classroom, at every grade — for every student and every teacher.


Our process began in April 2011, as a thorough needs assessment was conducted examining the current status of all technical equipment (classroom computers, office equipment, wired infrastructure, etc.). Conversations took place with each principal and administrator regarding their staff’s readiness for and current efforts around technology integration. The results of that initial evaluation showed that the majority of our classroom computer equipment was outdated and limited in use, and our network infrastructure needed to be upgraded.

The Clinton Public School District’s Digital Learning Initiative is a new and exciting plan focused on enhancing academic learning through new technology resources. For years, our school district has long held the motto — “Where Excellence is the Only Option." As one of only three “Star” or “A-Rated” school districts in Mississippi, Clinton continues as an educational pioneer by integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. This 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative is on the leading-edge in our state and serves as a model for other school districts throughout the Southeast. Our technology philosophy is based on a holistic approach where personalized digital learning and technology skills are in-

In an effort to research the possibilities, a small group of administrators attended the National Common Core Conference in June, and the technology director attended ISTE 2011, the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Conference. In July, Clinton hosted an Apple Learning Tour, which was a full day professional development event designed for administrators to explore new technologies and classroom integration activities. These events provided insights into the changing landscape of curriculum and how technology can play a vital role in helping to meet the high demands placed on the classroom. As the 2011-12 school year began, the District Technology Committee began discussions around the need for a wireless infrastructure and additional mobile technology in every school. The District Technology Committee meets annually to discuss and plan for adjustments and upgrades needed to equipment, hardware, software, networking, and professional development as related to technology used in our schools and district. Principals requested the abil-


ity to conduct performance evaluations using their personal iPad were awarded in February to Next Step Innovation for an HP wireor other wireless device. Classroom teachers needed the flexibility less solution and InLine/Contact Networks for District WAN cirto arrange the learning environment in various ways and not be cuits. As a result of this work, our network transitioned from 10 limited to where cable drops mbps frame-relay connecwere located. The Clinton tions between sites to 1 Gig Gallery 1.1 Teacher MacBook Deployment Public School District’s Strafiber connections. Each tegic Plan was updated in school now has wireless acOctober 2011 to reflect both cess points in every classthese newly identified needs room with multiple AP’s and progress made toward throughout common areas. plan goals and objectives. Outdoor access points have also been installed at Clinton During the fall of 2011, the High School throughout the technology department Athletic/Extracurricular spent a great deal of time Complex. planning for a complete network overhaul. Wireless soluThe 2011-12 school year also tions were researched, inserved as a transition toward cluding but not limited to becoming a mostly-Mac Cisco, Brocade, Xirrus and school district. In the spring, HP. A thorough examination two mobile carts of MacBook of our current network capaclaptops were installed at ity and equipment was conSumner Hill Junior High ducted, along with research School. Clinton Junior High on recommendations for fu- Janet Bridgforth shares her excitement over being issued a MacBook Pro. teachers replaced their outture network traffic. Redated desktops with quests for Proposals were isMacBooks, and served as sued in January 2012 for our teacher 1:1 pilot project. wireless infrastructure and In addition, 10 teachers at the district’s wide area netClinton High School volunwork internal circuits. Bids teered to transition from the 5

PC to the Mac. These teachers helped pioneer our efforts of transitioning toward digital curriculum content, discovering interoperability practices between interactive devices and MacBooks, and determining logistics of going 1:1 in a school environment.

School District’s Digital Learning Initiative. Our Alternative School served as our first student 1:1 pilot school. Every student at the Clinton Alternative School was issued a MacBook laptop, which they used to access online classes through EdOptions. The technology director presented at numerous teacher, administrator, and School Board meetings to discuss the purpose and direction of the Digital Learning Initiative. In October 2012, every classroom teacher and school administrator received a MacBook Pro laptop. Procedures were amended to allow (and encourage) teachers and administrators to take their equipment home with them for planning and professional learning purposes.

Professional development and communication efforts were enhanced in the 2012-13 school year. The focus of this school year has been to prepare teachers for the shift toward 1:1. We began by continuing our planning efforts at administrator meetings and faculty meetings. This 1:1 process was now coined the Clinton Public Movie 1.1 Clinton Junior High Laptop Deployment

On January 7, 2013, all Clinton teachers and administrators attended the CPSD Technology Symposium, which was designed as a specialized professional learning opportunity. The purpose of the event was to provide hands-on learning for our teachers and staff as they continue integrating technology into the learning environment. Apple expert users and trainers, as well as some of Clinton’s own teachers, delivered over 40 sessions. Workshop session topics ranged from learning the basics of the MacBook to creating digital musical content in GarageBand to examining Common Core Standards. A small group of school administrators and central office staff traveled to Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, N.C. in early February 2013. The site visit was extremely beneficial and encouraging. Mooresville is in its fifth year of a 1:1 implementation for grades 3-12. We visited elementary, middle and secondary schools – all of which were seamlessly integrating technology into the classroom environment.

Teachers at Clinton Junior High School are issued new laptops.


In March, bids were accepted for digital devices, accessories and backpacks and the School Board unanimously approved the bid recommendations in April.

After much research and planning, the following equipment will be used as part of the Clinton School District’s Digital Learning Initiative:

Item iPad mini on mobile carts iPad w/ Retina display on mobile carts MacBook Air laptops MacBook Pro laptops Brenthaven Tred backpack Brenthaven ProStyle carry case Speck 13” clear MBA case Max Interactive Keycase 920 Max Interactive MaxMini 507

Gallery 1.2 Mooresville Graded School District Visit

Audience K – 2nd grades 3rd – 5th grades 6th – 12th grades Teachers / Administrators 6th – 12th grades Teachers / Administrators 6th – 12th grades 3rd – 5th grades K – 2nd grades

In an effort to communicate with parents and our community, the Clinton Public School District has used traditional print and news media, advertising and social media to share the message of our Digital Learning Initiative. During the teacher deployment, various news stations conducted interviews and ran segments about each teacher receiving a MacBook Pro laptop. Ads have been placed in Parents & Kids Magazine and the Coffee News, free publications that are available throughout the Metro-Jackson area. The technology director and public relations officer have written articles or been quoted for stories in The Clarion-Ledger and The Clinton Courier. We have used our district Facebook page, Twitter account, Pinterest and Instagram to reach out to the public about our technology implementation efforts. Additionally, fliers about the Digital Learning Initiative have been distributed at teacher career

Students in Mooresville Graded School District use Apple laptops daily.


fairs at Mississippi College and Jackson State University. The response from our efforts has been very positive from potential teachers, families and our local citizens. Additional information about the Digital Learning Initiative is under the 1:1 link on

Review 1.1 Digital Learning Initiative

Question 1 of 2 What does the term 1:1 mean?

A. one device for every one person B. one headache after another one C. one computer per classroom D. one student per one teacher

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Learners Today

“We need to prepare students for their future, not our past.� - Ian Jukes, educator and futurist


An increasing body of research supports the theory that children use social networking sites and 78 percent have a cell phone (and today are different — really different. Certainly, any parent of a of those 47 percent are using a smartphone). These children have teenager will confirm this finding. Not simply because of fashion unprecedented access to technology and information with cell trends, hair styles or music preferences, but children today are phones that serve as digital cameras, modern-day jukeboxes and learning differently than any generation before them. With the invideo gaming systems. In his work Understanding Digital Kids, Ian flux of technology, media and inJukes reminds us that it is, at formation at their fingertips, chiltimes, difficult to remember that Movie 2.1 Growing Up Digital: Don Tapscott dren are bombarded with inthese are tools with capabilities creased access to the world’s that would have been unimaginknowledge. They have grown up able to the average person even 10 with Internet, mobile phones and years ago. And for this Always social media. Today’s learners On generation, there has never have used technology in every asbeen a time when these digital wonders haven’t existed. Today’s pect of their lives — as a means of learners haven’t just adopted digicollaborating and connecting with tal media; increasingly they have others — in addition to studying, internalized them and expect that learning and researching new inthese technologies will be a part formation. Today’s children are ofof their daily lives in every situaten referred to as the “Always tion (Jukes, 2008). On” generation, due in part to their propensity to constantly use Don Tapscott, co-author of Mactechnology and mobile phones. It rowikinomics: Rebooting Business is easy to see that today’s world is and the World, has studied the digidecidedly more high-tech than the tal revolution for decades. He reTechnology consultant and author Don Tapscott discusses how the one that many parents grew up in. ports that the traditional Amerismartest generation ever actually has brains that are wired differcan classroom model is no longer A recent national study conducted ently. appropriate for a generation that by the Pew Internet Project shows Video : YouTubehas “grown up making, changing, how immersed teens and young and learning from digital communities” (NPR, 2011). Tapscott furpeople are in the high tech environment. According to the study, 95 ther explains, “All these kids that have grown up collaborating and percent of teens between the ages of 12-17 are online, 76 percent 10

thinking differently walk into a [classroom] and they’re asked to sit there and passively listen to someone talking.�

Gallery 2.1 iPads in Use

In order to harness the power of technology and keep students engaged in the learning process, many experts agree that schools need to move toward a more collaborative model of learning. Classrooms are becoming more student-focused, with personalized learning and differentiated instruction designed to meet the individual needs of every student. Technology can be a huge asset in this approach to teaching and learning. Digital learning allows for an individualized educational experience with real-time data

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Students at Northside and Eastside Elementary Schools worked on iPads in between taping segments of the Rachael Ray television show.


50 47 that can be accessed by students, teachers and parents. As we implement the Digital Learning Initiative, teachers will have increased opportunities to accelerate student learning and engagement like never before.

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Tablet Computer at Home



Our Plan

“Learning will only be enhanced if what students are learning is intriguing and engaging. While we believe in the power of technology to shape the future for our students, we believe more in the power of our teachers!� - Dr. Phil Burchfield, Clinton Public School District Superintendent 12

Teachers and Administrators


The Clinton Public School District entered into a four-year lease purchase agreement with Apple, Inc. to provide a MacBook Pro laptop to every classroom teacher and school administrator in the Clinton schools. The MacBook Pro was selected by the CPSD Technology Planning Committee after an extensive review of instructional and technical needs of the classroom. Teachers and administrators were included in the decision-making process. All equipment was selected from the Mississippi Express Products List, a multivendor list of proposals competitively selected by MS Information Technology Services (ITS) which meet all requirements of Mississippi law for legal procurement of technology products.

In April 2013, the Clinton Public School District entered into a fouryear lease purchase agreement with Apple, Inc. to provide digital devices to every student in the Clinton schools, beginning in the 2013-14 school year. All equipment was selected by the planning committee through an open bid process.   

Grades K-2 Every core classroom will be issued a mobile cart of iPad mini devices, which will be used during school hours for instructional purposes. During extracurricular classes (art, music, ACCENT, etc.) students may be allowed to use the iPad mini assigned to them from their homeroom teacher.

Equipment Photos : Apple, Inc.


Grades 3-5 Every core classroom will be issued a mobile cart of iPads with Retina display, which will be used during school hours for instructional purposes. During extracurricular classes (art, music, ACCENT, etc.) students may be allowed to use the iPad assigned to them from their homeroom teacher.

Grades 6-12




iPad Mini






School & Home

iPad with Retina

Every student will be issued a MacBook Air laptop, which will be used during school hours for instructional purposes. Students in grades 7-12 will be allowed to take their MacBook Air laptops home. Sixth grade will be a transition year and students will be able to take their laptops home based on instruction, for selected assignments and projects. Every student in grades 6-12 will also be issued a Brenthaven backpack, which were specifically designed for Clinton’s Digital Learning Initiative.


MacBook Air

MacBook Pro

HP E-MSM 466 Wireless Access Points


Teachers & Administrators

Every Classroom District-Wide

School & Home

Wireless Network


Digital Safety

“Teaching kids to think critically and behave responsibly in today’s fast-paced digital world is essential.” - Mike Lorion, general manager of education at Common Sense Media 15

As technology continues to evolve, our students are exposed to media in new ways and with increased frequency. The Clinton Public School District Technology Department is focused on providing teachers, administrators, and parents with tools and resources to teach digital literacy skills, safety and ethics. 

Cyberbullying Facts and Figures 

• Perpetrators of cyberbullying are usually the same age as their target (Wolak, 2007)

• 20 percent of students ages 10 to 18 report experiencing cyberbullying (Cyberbullying Research Center, Hinduja and Patchin, 2010)

Cyberbullying Resources Cyberbullying is defined by Common Sense Media as repeatedly sending or posting harmful or mean messages, images or videos about someone else using the Internet, cell phones or other digital technologies. In most situations, cyberbullying takes place between children in early-adolesence or teens. However, as younger children are gaining increased access to cell phones and the Internet, more cases of cyberbullying are being reported involving elementary school students. Parents, teachers and school administrators need to be aware of the issues surrounding cyberbullying and how to equip students with the skills needed to be good digital citizens. 

• Mean or hurtful comments (14 percent) and rumors (13 percent) are the most common forms of cyberbullying (Cyberbullying Research Center, Hinduja and Patchin, 2010) • Nearly half of social workers at elementary, middle and high schools report they do not feel equipped to deal with cyberbullying at their schools (Children & Schools, Slovak and Singer, 2011) Tips for Online Safety  • Set limits for online socializing  • Discuss the basics of good behavior online • Don't share passwords with friends • Talk with kids about how cyberbullying starts and feels  • Create consequences for being involved in any type of cyberbullying  • Encourage kids to stand up for others — online and in the real world The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) helped develop age-based guidance for Internet use with the family safety settings.


It's important to remember that these are guidelines only. You know your child best.

2. Always sit with your kids at this age when they're online. 3. Set clear rules for Internet use. 4. Insist that your children not share personal information such as their real name, address, phone number or passwords with people they meet online.

Up to age 10 Supervise your children until they are age 10. You can use Internet safety tools to limit access to content, Web sites and activities, and be actively involved in your child's Internet use. It is recommended that you sit with your child when they use the Internet, until the age of 10.

5. If a site encourages kids to submit their names to personalize the web content, help your kids create online nicknames that don't give away personal information. 6. Use family safety tools to create appropriate profiles for each family member and to help filter the Internet. 7. All family members should act as role models for young children who are just starting to use the Internet. Ages 11 to 14 Children this age are savvier about their Internet experience, but it's still a good idea to supervise and monitor their Internet use to help ensure they are not exposed to inappropriate materials. You can use Internet safety tools to limit access to content and Web sites and provide a report of Internet activities. Make sure children this age understand what personal information they should not give over the Internet.

Here are some safety tips to consider when you go online with your 2-10 year old: 1. It's never too early to foster open and positive communication with children. It's a good idea to talk with them about computers and to stay open to their questions and curiosity.

When your kids are this age it might not be practical to physically supervise their Internet use at all times. You can use tools such as Internet filtering software and set parental controls to block inappropriate Web sites. Photo : American Academy of Pediatrics


Here are some safety tips to consider when you go online with your 11-14 year old:

thing to your attention. Praise their behavior and encourage them to come to you again if the same thing happens.

1. It's a good idea to foster open and positive communication with your children. Talk with them about computers and stay open to their questions and curiosity.

Ages 15 to 18 Teens feel they should have almost limitless access to content, websites, or activities. They are savvy about the Internet but they still need parents to remind them of appropriate safety guidelines. Parents should be available to help their teens understand inappropriate messages and avoid unsafe situations. It's a good idea for parents to remind teens what personal information should not be given over the Internet.

2. Set clear rules for Internet use. 3. Insist that your children not share personal information such as their real name, address, phone number or passwords with people they meet online. 4. If a site encourages kids to submit their names to personalize the web content, help your kids create online nicknames that give away no personal information.

Here are some safety tips to consider as you guide your teens online: 1. Continue to keep family communication as open and positive about computers as you can. Keep talking about online lives, friends and activities, just as you would about other friends and activities.

5. Use family safety tools to create appropriate profiles for each family member and to help filter the Internet. 6. Set family safety tools on the medium security setting, which should have some limitations on content, Web sites, and activities.

2. Encourage your teens to tell you if something or someone online makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened. If you're a teen and something or someone online doesn't seem quite right, then speak up.

7. Keep Internet-connected computers in an open area where you can easily supervise your kids' activities.

3. Create a list of Internet house rules as a family. Include the kinds of sites that are off limits, Internet hours, what information should not be shared online, and guidelines for communicating with others online, including social networking.

8. Help protect your children from offensive pop-up windows by using the pop-up blocker that's built in to your browser. 9. Encourage your children to tell you if something or someone online makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened. Stay calm and remind your kids they are not in trouble for bringing some-

4. Keep Internet-connected computers in an open area and not in a teen's bedroom.


5. Investigate Internet-filtering tools as a complement to parental supervision.

11. Help protect them from spam. Tell your teens not to give out their e-mail address online, not to respond to junk mail, and to use e-mail filters.

6. Help protect your children from offensive pop-up windows by using the pop-up blocker that's built in to your Movie 4.1 NetSmart Workshop - Online Safety browser. 7. Know which Web sites your teens visit, and whom they talk to. Encourage them to use monitored chat rooms, and insist they stay in public chat room area. 8. Insist that they never agree to meet an online friend.

9. Teach your kids not to download programs, music or files without your permission. File-sharing and taking text, images or Video: NetSmart Online artwork from the web may infringe on copyright laws and can be ille- Dr. Sharon Cooper, a developmental pediatrician, can help parents recognize ways to keep their children safe online. gal.

12. Be aware of the Web sites that your teens frequent. Make sure your kids are not visiting sites with offensive content or posting personal information. Be aware of the photos that teens post of themselves and their friends. 13. Teach your kids responsible, ethical online behavior. They should not be using the Internet to spread gossip, bully or threaten others. 14. Make sure your teens check with you before making financial transactions online, including ordering, buying or selling items.

15. Discuss online gambling and its potential risks with your teens. Remind them that it is illegal for them to gamble online.

10. Talk to your teenagers about online adult content and pornography, and direct them to positive sites about health.


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