Technology is at the forefront of our minds when we think about how our students will work in the career path they choose. Whether it is the military, vocational or college, technology skills will be key. We strive to use the best tools to teach the academic content standards to our students.
All of our regular education and special education classrooms K-12 have interactive whiteboards for teaching and learning. We have a number of mobile carts with laptops/Chromebooks in each building and have a goal to equip each classroom with it's own mobile cart in the very near future. We also have stationary labs in each building where students participate in integrated lessons and are assessed online. Every year we have a number of teachers that participate in a year long technology professional development program called Technology Friendly Classroom. Google Classroom is utilized as well as many other Google apps to provide online content and support to students.
Additionally, Norton Middle School offers an exploratory class of STEM for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy. (Tsupros, 2009). With the support of our community partners, the Norton City Schools have been able to provide this opportunity to our students during the past 4 years.