Christy Morgan Helping To Spearhead 1-To-1 Initiative In Belvidere School District
9 Aug 2016
BELVIDERE — Christy Morgan was a high school business education teacher for more than 20 years before a new calling shifted her focus to laptops and helping students and teachers get the most out of their new devices.
Morgan is one of four instructional technology coordinators in the Belvidere School District who are spearheading the district’s ambitious 1-to-1 initiative that launched last year. The district plans to put an electronic device in the hands of every sixth- through 12th-grader by the 2018-19 school year. One-to-one programs emphasize maintaining a 1-to-1 ratio of laptops or tablets to students so that each student has access to technology and software used to enhance the learning experience.
Morgan was an accounting major at the University of Northern Iowa when her classes and the subject matter caused her to second guess her choice. After some reflection, Morgan said, she realized that education was a better fit, and business education would allow Morgan to have a foot in each world.
Now, as a instructional technology coordinator, Morgan is training teachers on how to use Google Chromebooks to enhance what they do in the classroom. Using the devices for classroom management and to drive collaborative work among students are major parts of the initiative.
“I like how technology always is changing. There are always cool new things out there,” Morgan said. In her new role, she also enjoys being able to work with teachers and students at all grade levels.
Morgan lives in Caledonia with her husband, Jamie, and two children. Both of her children are involved in sports, which keeps the family busy, Morgan said.
“We like doing things outdoors, too,” she said. “We just went on a whitewater rafting trip. We like to go on bike rides.”
By Corina Curry, Staff writer, Rockford Register Star