1:1 Program Updates for 2018-19

Beginning with the class of 2022, each sixth grader is assigned a Chromebook that they use in school and at home to access course materials, complete assignments, and interact with teachers and other students. These devices are used for four years (grades 6-9) before being replaced in the Sophomore year.

As the high school transitions to 1:1 next year, the computers that were previously used in classroom carts will be made available to students in the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. These devices will be assigned to students at the beginning of the year, and students will use them in the same way as younger students in the 1:1 program.

While these computers are several years old, they are generally in good working condition, and can provide students with the flexibility of using them in class, during study halls, and at home. They will be updated to run the Chrome operating system, minimizing software and support challenges, and providing many of the benefits of the simpler Google ecosystem.

Because these computers are older, students in grades 10-12 will not be assessed an insurance premium to cover accidental damage. In cases where damage does occur, or when devices are lost, students will only be responsible for the $25 deductible. Additionally, cases for these computers will not be provided, but students can use their own cases or place the devices in book bags when not in use.

Students in grades 10-12 will have the option of choosing not to participate in this program. In these situations, though, students may need to bring their own devices to complete schoolwork, because the classrooms will no longer have laptops available for student use.

Students in grades 1-5 will continue to use the classroom sets of devices that they currently have.

1:1 Program Popular with Students & Parents

Each spring, the district surveys students and parents involved in the 1:1 program to gather feedback on the initiative and its effect on student learning. The questions on the survey range from the philosophical (Does technology help students become more independent learners?) to the practical (How is the device battery holding up?). Because many of the same questions are asked each year, the data can be compared across years to determine how opinions change as the program matures.

The results of the survey are overwhelmingly positive. While there are always lessons to be learned and areas for improvement, our families are generally enthusiastic about the initiative. Key findings:
  • The program has made learning more fun and more interesting.
  • Students have become more independent learners.
  • Learning is more personalized.
  • Students better understand course content.
  • Students have improved their technology and digital communication skills.
  • In most cases, the 1:1 program has freed up technology in the household for others to use.
The 1:1 program helps improve students' digital communication skills.

The full results for the 2018 survey are available here: