Ohio County Educators Gear Up for New Innovation Intiative

Photo Provided Shown, from left, are Ohio County Schools Innovation Team member Gail Adams and Ohio County Schools Technology Director Patrick Riddle during the school system’s “Innovate—OCS” meeting.

Ohio County Schools educational leaders gathered Wednesday to prepare for a new innovation initiative this year.

The district held its first “Innovate–OCS” meeting in the Ohio County Board of Education Office Technology Center. The program was led by Ohio County Schools Innovation Coordinator JoJo Shay, and members of the new Ohio County Schools Innovation Team took part in the session. Ohio County Schools administrators, including Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones and Technology Director Patrick Riddle, also took part.

The program focused on two concepts. Shay discussed depth of knowledge. The session involved ways of categorizing tasks according to the complexity necessary for completing them.

Then, Shay discussed the Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model. The model offers a method of seeing how technology might affect teaching and learning. It also shows a progression that adopters of educational technology often follow as they progress through teaching and learning with technology.

Wednesday’s “Innovate–OCS” meeting was yet another phase of the school system’s recent innovation initiatives, which began in May with the creation of the school system’s new innovation team. In addition to Shay, team members include former West Virginia Teacher of the Year Gail Adams and Warwood School Teacher Monica Supanek. This summer, the innovation team led the first-ever Ohio County Schools Science Technology Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Camp for middle- and high-school students.

A major Ohio County Schools project will begin at the start of the 2018-2019 school year with a pilot program to provide all sixth-grade students with Chromebooks for use in the classroom. In addition, language arts classes at Wheeling Park High School will be given sets of Chromebooks for student use. The program will be extended to other grade levels in successive years.