Madison County Schools is proud to offer students and faculty enrollment in our 1:M Digital Initiative. This program began in the 2014-2015 school year after researching, testing multiple devices in the classroom, evaluating how MCS teachers use technology, consulting with other schools who have implemented 1:1 initiatives, and keeping fiscal responsibility at the forefront. This initiative enhances student learning by creating a personalized, student-centered learning environment in which every student in grades 9-12 receives a MacBook Air laptop to use in school and at home. Middle School students have access to Mac devices during the school day. Families pay a $50 annual fee per 9-12 grade student as a form of insurance for each 1:M device.
Madison County Schools emphasizes student learning and development, using assessments to measure success. An important investment to this end is the implementation of CANVAS, our Learning Management System (LMS). This program is an important building block for our 1:M Digital Initiative because an LMS provides a centralized, consistent virtual learning space through which parents, students, and teachers can work. Through CANVAS, educational resources are posted and teachers can give timely and informative feedback to students. For example, a student can write a paper, turn it in on CANVAS, and then receive written and/or verbal feedback from the teacher online. Online quizzes and tests can be created for instant feedback. Teachers can record their lessons so that students can review if they are absent or just need to refresh their memory.
MCS strives to develop students who are creative, think critically, can identify and solve problems, and have strong communication skills. We also work with students to develop technological skills and know-how. We believe these elements are key to developing lifelong learners and foster 21st century skills. Simply being able to use technology is no longer enough. Today's students need to be able to use technology to analyze, learn, and explore. Digital-age skills are vital for preparing students to work, live and contribute to the social and civic fabric of their communities.