“You can give us all the hardware in the world but we won't know how to use any of it without training, and then everything would be for naught,” said Crosslin, who now works for the state as a coach for the new higher standards curriculum for Edmond, Deer Creek and Guthrie schools.
“We are looking at technology as a tool. The whole end game is improving student achievement and that comes through good, strong leadership and data driven instruction.”
Crosslin said new school standards will ask students to embrace the new tech and use it when making presentations for class.
“Worksheets aren't cutting it for students anymore because you've got to keep them engaged,” she said. “Now they will have access to technology where they can dig in and learn how to use the Internet and use it effectively. We are also stressing good digital citizenship with our students so they can learn how to behave while online.”
Crosslin said the work to get the grant off the ground and get the technology into the classroom was a laborious process but that she's thrilled to know Cashion will be left in a better situation.
“It's bittersweet because of all the work and then I don't get to see it, but that's not really why I did it in the first place,” she said. “I just wanted this to help out as many students at Cashion as possible.”