Darlington County School District’s #DCSDTransforms initiative earns prestigious TIPs Award

Darlington County School District’s #DCSDTransforms initiative earns prestigious TIPs Award
Posted on 11/09/2016
TIPs AwardMYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Darlington County School District’s “#DCSDTransforms” initiative received a District Technology Innovative Programs (TIPs) Award recently from the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology (SCAET) during the S.C. EdTech 2016 Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.

The “#DCSDTransforms” program was born to address the district’s intention to ensure every student has access to digital resources to truly transform teaching and learning. Every student in the district will have a personal computing device by next year. The “#DCSDTransforms” initiative uses innovative strategies to provide professional development that models new instructional strategies, provides requisite technical knowledge and serves to create a culture with a risk-taking, growth mindset.

SCAET recognizes outstanding programs and activities in the state that showcase innovative uses of technology in education. The TIPs Award was established in an effort to honor those best practices. This program acknowledges South Carolina schools or district as having exhibited excellence in the integration of technology in education.

“We are so excited that our technology program is recognized as one of the most innovative programs in the state,” said Diane Sigmon, director of technology. “Through the opportunities that technology provides, students are engaged and excited about learning. This award recognizes the efforts of everyone in Darlington County School District – the teachers who are working so hard to learn about new tools for their classrooms, the administrators who are working to develop new skill sets to lead this transformation, the technical staff who work to ensure that everything functions as it needs to, and the students who continue to inspire us. We are also incredibly fortunate to have a board of education with a vision and determination to implement that vision.”

EdTech, South Carolina’s premier educational technology conference is designed to promote the use of educational technology to enhance student learning. The mission of EdTech is to bring educators, administrators, technology professionals, college faculty and staff, public and academic librarians, business and industry trainers, industry representatives and policy makers together to think, discuss, listen and learn the best strategies to plan for, implement and use educational technology in our schools.

The S.C. EdTech conference is planned and delivered by SCAET, represented by multiple South Carolina partners that include K-12, higher education, state government agencies and telecommunications business partners. Partner members of SCAET this year included the S.C. State Department of Education, S.C. Educational Television, Division of Technology – S.C. Department of Administration, AT&T, School District of Pickens County, Meridian IT, Inc., Kershaw County School District, Dillon School District Four, University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and College of Charleston School of Education.