One-to-One Technology Initiative
The goal of our one-to-one technology initiative is to ensure access so all students can participate in a wide variety of learning experiences and receive specific and actionable feedback about their application of the 4Cs--Comm, Coll, CT, CT. By providing ubiquitous device and internet access, educators are empowered to plan lessons and activities that reflect real world application of knowledge and skills. Technology has changed our world. We want our students to be prepared to use it in ways that help them be critical thinkers and problem solvers. Equally, students need to recognize when technology is appropriate to use and when it is getting in their way.
Similar to the world outside of school, access to technology and information literacy skills are the gateway to college, careers, and many social settings. Our device deployment began in 2012 when sophomores received devices and is now complete in our middle and high schools where all students in grades 6-12 are issued a districtowned personal device. In 2015 we began the first year of our elementary plan in the 5th grade and will complete the elementary deployment in fall 2019. The device is the means to an end -- educators and parents must help our students recognize when technology is supporting their goals and when it is getting in their way.
Student devices and network infrastructure are funded as part of the annual instructional technology operating budgets. Rather than pursuing additional funding, we flipped the distribution model by purchasing student devices instead of installed computer labs. Although the implementation details may change over time, our district is committed to ensuring students have equitable access to technology resources into the foreseeable future.