| Trent Miller
In the late 1880’s Marion Township and then the village of Marion, Michigan were formed. The students made the (sometimes long ) walks to the school house. The magic sound of the first "ringing the bell to summon your class to the school house”, filled the air. The technology of the day involved the teacher having the students distribute slates and slate pencils, sing Stephen Foster songs of the late-1800s, and explore Noah Webster's 'Blue-Backed Speller' and William McGuffey's “Readers”.
In 120 quick years later, now with 2 school buildings and a total number of students that out number the initial founders of Marion. The Marion students have interactive white boards and computers in every room, 3 computer labs, the Junior Senior high has 6 laptop mobile labs, and the building has full 5g wireless coverage.
Our Marion students today have a full network with Internet access that allows our students to access knowledge bases, conduct research, attend remote classes, take tests online, and enables them to connect to world wide resources.
If our village founders, teachers and the school children could only see where we are at today, it is a wondrous place indeed. We have an incredible opportunity to utilize technology in the education process of our children in today’s world. During the last 120 years, we taught our children to first write on the slate tablets, to pencil and paper, and now how to type on computers, access the global internet for research and knowledge sharing, and attending classes that are remote and over “a wire and wireless".
It is the belief of the Marion Public School System that it is every bit as important to educate and expose our students to “technology” as it is for the 3R’s that our forefathers and teachers taught our children. Almost everything we have today is based upon a form of technology; it surrounds us, our lives, our future, and our children. We as a society and our students now have to interact and compete on a global scale. In this fast changing world we will take measured steps to utilize technology as the “slate and slate pencils” of 120 years ago.
How do we get there? Our Technology Plan is described as “a dynamic document” with an illustrative point that Technology in today’s world is not an “event” but a progression of events, continuous improvement, adjustment and change. The speed of change in Technology can be currently illustrated by the speed of Personal Computer Hardware doubling about every 6 months. The speed of Technological change drives our Technology Plan to become a “dynamic” document that will be data driven, reviewed, evaluated, and updated on an annual basis.
Marion Public Schools Technology Director
Marion Technology Plan (pdf) 2013-2016