Digital Learning Initiative

Welcome to the Buncombe County Schools Digital Learning Initiative. Our goal is that all students will graduate as high-achieving and globally competitive learners with 21st Century skills. Our implementation of student devices began with a 4th through 6th grade rollout of Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e laptops in January 2016 and continued with the 2nd phase for grades 7-9 in October 2016 and the 3rd phase for grades 10-12 in August of 2017. Phase IV will include iPads for K-2 and Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e for 3rd grade rolling out starting in August 2018. Implementing this plan (see timeline and brief overview below) ensures students will actively engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) across the curriculum, leading to a world-class global education.

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The Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e (3rd-12th)

Etching   Students at ACReynolds MS learning about the phases of the moon & will create infographics to share their learning.

The iPad 6th Generation 9.7" (K-2)

  iPad screen photosynthesis project drawing

Digital Learning Initiative Timeline*          Lenovo Care Video           
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 Click here to watch the video


*An Overview of the Initiative Timeline:
    • 2016/17-2018/19:  4th -12th grades received a Windows touchscreen device with a keyboard in three phases. K-2 will be 1:1 ratio with iPads (6th Generation 9.7" 32GB w/ Brenthaven Edge 360 Cases) and grade 3 will be one-to-one Windows touchscreen starting in August 2018. All 24,000+ students in Buncombe County Schools will be 1:1 by October 2018. All K-12 teachers have had 30+ hours of professional development with K-3 completing their BEST 1:1 cohort in March 2018. Life cycle refresh begins on 4th-6th devices in summer 2019.

        1. -Curriculum coaches and Digital Learning Facilitators will provide ongoing, high quality professional development, incorporating digital learning strategies across the curriculum.
        2. -Intel, Microsoft and others will offer additional no-cost One-to-One Professional Development.

        3. -Through surveys, the Digital Learning Team will work with teachers and administrators to constantly evaluate and update the program.

Buncombe County Schools remains committed to providing adequate resources to ensure the development of Information and Technology Essential Standards among our students and to prepare students for a diverse, global society.  The Digital Learning Team will use ISTE Standards for Students to evaluate the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.

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For more information please email Jennifer Hand, Digital Learning and Media Specialist
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