The Lauderdale County School System has been officially designated a Google Reference District by Google for Education. Google for Education Reference Districts are districts that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes. In order to be named a Google Reference District, Lauderdale County had to demonstrate its innovative use of Google's G Suite for Education and Chromebooks in the district. Pointing to its Chromebook 1:1 initiative, the STEP program, which was implemented in 2014, and its recent teacher training program that prepared participants to take the Google Certified Educator exam, Lauderdale County's tech team amply attested to its transformative use of Google's educational products.
Jason Truett, technology coordinator for Lauderdale County Schools, credits the success of the STEP program to the positive and enthusiastic attitudes of LCSchools' teachers and staff. "We had so many teachers doing incredible things in their classrooms without the aid of technology, so when those technology tools became more readily available, it was a given that they would take it and run with it, and that's just what they have done. If they hadn't wholeheartedly adopted the new technology, we could not have even applied to be a Reference District."
Because of its official recognition as a Google Reference District, the Lauderdale County School System will host visits from other schools interested in using the G Suite for Education and Chromebooks. The system will also be treated to sneak peeks at new Google technology.