Belton High’s technology attracts visiting schools
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 by Matthew Girard
The Belton Independent School District got to show itself off to a group of visitors on Monday.
In response to requests from other school districts to tour Belton ISD campuses to view technology one-to-one initiatives, BISD began hosting campus technology tours on Monday.
Representatives from districts from Midway, Taylor, Whitney and even as far away as Belton, Mo. were in town for the first of three tours this fall and more scheduled for the spring.
"Our vision is to be a leader and to provide quality education," BISD Board of Trustees President said. "We are seeing people from all over the state and all over the country looking to us because they are seeing that we are being successful."
The tours included visits to Miller Heights Elementary School, South Belton Middle School, Belton High School and New Tech @ Waskow.
The visits included a questions and answer session with administrators, teachers and students; tours of the campus including classroom actively using iPads for instruction; infrastructure and technical discussion with the BISD Director of Technology and discussion of professional development designed to change instruction.
Pittenger said having others come to Belton to tour the campuses is a great thing for the district.
"It gives great affirmation that what we've been doing is not only effective and helpful for our students, but it's being recognized outside of our district," Pittenger said. "Another neat thing is that it's bringing people to our community. We think that all these people that are coming are going back and telling others about how great Belton is and that's always special."
Pittenger, who followed along with the tour throughout the day, said he was proud of the BISD staff and students for helping educate other school administrators.
"We really are on the cutting edge of education and doing great things and I'm so proud of our school district and our staff," Pittenger said. "They understand that they have been given an opportunity that is not normal. Listening to the kids describing to the visitors why it is an advantage and how it helps them in their academic studies was really special."
Other campus visits are scheduled for today and Nov. 1.