After several years of research, testing multiple devices in the classroom, evaluating how our teachers use technology, consulting with other schools who have implemented 1:1 Initiatives, and keeping fiscal responsibility at the forefront, Madison County Schools (MCS) is proud to announce that we are embarking on a 1:M Digital Initiative for the 2014 – 2015 school year. This is an initiative that aims to enhance student learning by creating a personalized, student centered learning environment where every student in grades 9-12 will receive a laptop (MacBook Air) to use in school and at home.
With over 13,000 students, we are the fifth largest school district in the state of Mississippi. Madison County Schools is the highest scoring county school district in Mississippi, achieving an "A" rating based on the statewide accountability model.
Our motto is “Madison County Schools: Mark of Excellence!” We are strongly committed to offering a challenging education, and that commitment is very evident in the programs and opportunities available to our children. Our goal is not only to help each child reach his or her fullest potential, but also for each child to excel.
Our district has initiated a student BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for middle school and high school students, block scheduling in the middle schools, ICT/STEM course offerings beginning in 6th grade, and instituted the first administration of the ACT test to all 11th graders, onsite at the District’s high schools, at no charge to students. Our focus on “Motivate, Educate and Graduate” resulted in over 90% of the 2013 senior class graduating on time.
MCS strives to develop students who are critical thinkers, creative, can identify and solve problems, have strong communication skills and are technologically savvy. We believe this is the 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.
Beginning in 2012-13, MCS implemented the ICT and STEM courses in our middle schools.
Madison County Schools has always had a big emphasis on student learning and assessment. One of the investments we made starting in the 2013-2014 year was a new Learning Management System (LMS), CANVAS. This 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.
Families will pay a $50 annual fee per 9-12 grade student as a form of insurance for the devices.