• After two years of research and planning, the Lincoln County R-III School District embarked on the journey of creating a one device to one student, or one-to-one (1:1), learning environment. In August 2016, the district deployed 1,500 devices (iPad) to grades six, seven and eight. Devices were then deployed to students at the Ninth Grade Center in the fall of 2017.  Finally, all students 6-12 will receive a district supplied device beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. All students K-5 will be in a 2:1 environment as well.  Although the deployment of devices is a critical step in achieving a one-to-one learning environment, our focus is on student learning.

     
    Creating a one-to-one learning environment for students can result in:
    • Increased attendance
    • Increased student achievement 
    • Increased enrollment in Advanced Placement courses
    • Decrease in dropout rate (See graduation rate in Mooresville, NC)
    • Decreased incidents of discipline
     
    Through the reallocations of resources annually, the Lincoln County R-III School District will work toward creating and maintaining a one-to-one learning environment for all students to better prepare them for the digital world that now exists. Superintendent Dr. Mark Penny believes a shift in how students learn took place over the past decade and how our teachers facilitate learning must evolve, too. "Digital is the native language of today's learner, and we need to speak their language fluently. Not only are digital resources transforming teaching and learning, they are essential in the 21st century workplace."