The mission of the Rowan-Salisbury School System is to develop globally competitive schools that inspire, challenge, and empower students to meet high academic standards, lead ethical lives, and demonstrate knowledgeable, responsible citizenship in an increasingly challenging world. Our students live in an on-demand, technology-centric world. The way our students learn and their expectation of school is different from the students of previous years.
We know by looking at 1:1 technology initiatives in schools across the nation, the engagement of both students and teachers can be significantly improved through the infusion of technology. These schools are seeing students who want to take notes. They are also seeing students who were once willing to take a zero and not do an assignment now completing assignments because technology is involved. The Rowan-Salisbury School System knows that this type of engagement and attitude toward learning is essential for students to be successful in a global society and identified North Rowan High as a school where there is a great potential to make a difference in the students’ ability to be successful in the 21st century.
The iPod touch based Digital Learning Environment project at North Rowan High is the result of the joint partnership between Apple, Inc. and the Rowan-Salisbury School System to provide students with an opportunity to learn using 21st century technology. Every student in the current Freshman Academy uses an iPod touch for their classes. Every Freshman Academy classroom is also equipped with a MacBook mobile cart with ten laptops that can be used by students to create digital learning content. North Rowan High Principal Rodney Bass states: “With the iPod touch, students now have more knowledge in the palm of their hands than they would ever have through books or even during the general school day.”
The project at North Rowan High will be expanded. Each year, the new incoming ninth-graders will have the opportunity to use the iPod touch for their classes. This will continue every year until the entire school, grades 9-12, will be using the iPod touch for learning.