New Bridge Middle School is one of the 12 schools in the nation selected to participate in a special technology pilot program. Working with representatives from Microsoft, HP and a North Carolina instructional consultant, Mrs. C. Koonce will have a classroom set of ElitePads available for her language arts students during the second semester of 2013-14. The 90-day pilot program will allow Mrs. Koonce to create technology-integrate instructional plans.
Along with the devices and instructional support/training to Mrs. Koonce, the full faculty will have an opportunity to participate in a Microsoft informational session.
The ElitePad pilot program and the associated devices are available to New Bridge at no cost to the school or students. The program’s end will coincide with the end of the current school calendar. Onslow County Schools IT and MIT department leaders, Mr. S. Lee and Mr. R. Friebel, were instrumental in launching the program.
According to Dr. Barnes, NBMS principal, “It isn’t enough to allow kids to see teachers using devices. The key to engagement is giving them access to the tools and platforms that are already so natural to these digital natives. With the support of district level tech leaders, our own IT facilitator, Mrs.Feldhaus, and our media specialist, Mrs. Sullivan, I think Mrs. Koonce and her students will be well positioned for a very engaging and successful semester with the ElitePads.” He shared that the school will receive the new devices by the end of February.
New Bridge is the district’s magnet middle school for math, science and technology.