Digital Learning Initiative

Welcome to the Buncombe County Schools Digital Learning Initiative. Our goal is that all students will graduate as high-achieving and globally competitive learners with 21st Century skills. Our implementation of student devices began with a 4th through 6th grade rollout of Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e laptops in January 2016 and continued with the 2nd phase for grades 7-9 in October 2016.  Implementing this plan ensures students will actively engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) across the curriculum, leading to a world-class global education.

The Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 11e

Etching   Students at ACReynolds MS learning about the phases of the moon & will create infographics to share their learning.

Digital Learning Initiative Timeline*  Lenovo Torture Test              Lenovo Care Video           
 Click here to access the timeline  Click here to watch the video  Click here to watch the video


*An Overview of the Initiative Timeline:
    • 2016-2018:  4th -12th grades will receive a Windows touchscreen device with a keyboard.  K-3 will continue "Shared Use" iPads moving towards one-to-one ratio in 2018/19.

        1. -Curriculum coaches and Digital Learning Facilitators will provide ongoing, high quality professional development, incorporating digital learning strategies across the curriculum.
        2. -Intel, Microsoft and others will offer additional no-cost One-to-One Professional Development.

        3. -Through surveys, the Digital Learning Team will work with teachers and administrators to constantly evaluate and update the program.

Buncombe County Schools remains committed to providing adequate resources to ensure the development of Information and Technology Essential Standards among our students and to prepare students for a diverse, global society.  The Digital Learning Team will use ISTE Standards for Students to evaluate the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world.

Personally Owned Devices (BYOD): PCs, iPads, Macs, Androids, Chromebooks, Etc.

Users will be required to download and install the Zscaler root security certificate on personally-owned devices in order to access "Https://" sites.  This certificate is installed so that your internet traffic can be securely transmitted.  No data is collected from your computer, and no software or off-site monitoring capabilities are ever installed on personally-owned devices.

Please refer to the installation instructions below for your device type. You will likely need to restart the browser after you install the certificate.
Download SHA-256 Z-Scaler Root Certificate    -    Effective April 10, 2015

For more information please email Jennifer Hand, Digital Learning Specialist
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