Nebo School District is located in Utah County, Utah. Nebo is the seventh largest school district in Utah serving nearly 30,000 students. Nebo, a suburban school district, is one of the fast growing districts and includes five high schools, six junior high schools, two alternative schools, and 27 elementary schools. Nebo’s population is primarily white and thirty-eight percent of students are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program.
In 2010, David Wiley from Brigham Young University contacted Nebo school district about piloting an OER program. The pilot was conducted by the Utah Open Textbook Project, a partnership involving BYU, Nebo School District, and the Office of Education. Teachers from Spanish Fork High School, Payson High School, and Payson Junior High School worked together over the summer to develop the first chemistry OER in the district. Brian Blake from Payson High School developed the OER for AP Biology, Biology, and Anatomy.
Digital Learning Footprint
Nebo School District’s leadership supports a digital learning environment and is moving towards a 1:1 computer to student learning environment for all students in all schools over the next several years. Nebo is currently working to remodel the wireless networks over the summer to increase broadband capacity and meet demand. The current system often overloads when there are too many users accessing the internet at the same time.
Payson High School has 400-500 tablet devices for students to use. Payson has three computer labs that are open before and after school, as well as during lunch. Most students have access to the internet at home or through the library. Payson High School is implementing a 1:1 computer to student ratio for all sophomores for the upcoming school year. Spanish Fork High School has approximately 1,000 devices.