District : White Oak Independent School District
State : Texas
Level : P-12
District Enrollment : 1,001-10,000 students
Community Type : Rural
Related Tags : professional learning
Starting small and encouraging innovation
White Oak Independent School District spans 15.7 square miles and serves White Oak City, Texas, and its 5,624 residents and over 1,300 students. All four schools are located on one campus, and of those more than 1,300 students, 87.7% are white, 2.9% are African American, .9% are Native American, 6.3% are Hispanic, and .1% are Asian or Pacific Islander. The district prides itself on being at the cutting edge of digital learning practices. The district applies technology-enabled professional learning for its educators, and engages students with use of blogs, ePortfolios, podcasts, video, and Moodle course environments.
Rather than mandate the use of technology, White Oak applied a viral approach by selecting a few eager primary grades teachers, supplying them with technology tools and instructional freedom, and allowing those teachers’ innovation and enthusiasm to spread to other staff to scale the program. Enthusiasm and positive impacts to student learning generated instant interest among other staff, who then sought ways to transform their practice. Web 2.0 tools are the norm in K-12 classes while mobile device apps have become a leading contender for personalization of the learning process. Collaborating with learners from around the globe in an inquiry-driven mode gives students a real-world application of both the content and the style in which they are learning.
- Start with early adopters and encourage the spread of innovation and enthusiasm to others.
- Support core group with technology tools and instructional freedom and help early adopters think through how they will capture impact.
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