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Haywood County Schools has a long-standing tradition of aggressive and progressive
technology adoption. We were one of the first in the state and nation to adopt open
source solutions, led the first wave of NC WISE implementation, have standardized our
hardware and software platforms, provided equitable access and opportunity to all
schools in our district, and established a solid foundation for future growth. In doing so,
we have established ourselves as a technological leader in our community and region by providing MetroEthernet connectivity between our schools and administrative offices and have secured a connection on the state network, provided by NCREN, which provides a more direct connection to state resources along with improved internet connectivity. We have also established technology portfolios to track NCSCoS technology curriculum requirements and have dedicated resources and personnel to provide one-on-one and group professional development opportunities.

Our primary purpose is to support the Haywood County Schools vision of preparing our
students to be successful, lifelong learners and productive members of our community
and society as a whole. Our goal is to educate our students for their future, not our past, using the best technological tools that are available. Technology has given us the tools to individualize instruction and focus on the strengths and weaknesses of a particular student or class.

Our primary focus will be to augment teaching styles using these tools to more
effectively take advantage of the different learning styles presented by students in our
classrooms. In order to achieve this, we will provide professional development opportunities closely integrated with individual school improvement plans in a variety of formats from one-on-one just in time support to a series of long range, on-going research based workshops. We will, of course, strive to maintain and expand the resources required to support our efforts by promoting innovation in the classroom, supporting those teachers who recognize the potential of technological tools, and funding projects that are sustainable across the district while maintaining essential services for all. As we prepare our students to survive in the 21st century, we must challenge ourselves to rise above what we have been taught and adapt our teachings to capitalize on current technology, reflect future trends, and secure our place in a global economy. In addition  we must empower our staff and students to be successful collaborators in a global education system.

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“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steven Jobs