In support of the district’s mission to provide all students with challenging work that authentically engages them in the learning process and prepares them for successful futures, Rock Hill Schools embarked upon iRock, a journey to empower every individual with the tools, resources and desire to learn anytime and anywhere.
iRock launched in July 2012 with a ‘Call to Action’ from student representatives of the district’s elementary, middle, and high schools. In return for a commitment by teachers to participate in the professional development required to ensure iRock’s success, teachers received a 2nd generation iPad.
To establish best practices in student use of 21st century tools to do 21st century work, exemplary teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels were selected to participate in extensive professional development in challenge-based learning, an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems. Every child in the classroom of a CBL cohort teacher had access to an iPad for the 2012-2013 school year.
Based upon the results of this pilot, Rock Hill Schools expanded iRock for the 2013-2014 school year to include 1 to 1 access in grades 4-8 and selected classrooms at the high school level. Long term, it is the mission of iRock to provide every student with a mobile learning device that empowers them as 21st century learners and workers.
Use the links below to view the iRock plan and supporting documentation.
Pilot and Year One of Implementation: iRock Plan 6-1-13
The Planning Process
Learning and Evaluation
- Documentation in Support of Learning Plan
- iRock Evaluation Framework – Winthrop University Partnership
Finance and Resources