Following a successful pilot program with the Jaguar team, all 7th and 8th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a 1:1 learning initiative during the 2016-2017 school year. Each student will receive a Chromebook to use both at school and at home. The 1:1 program will be expanded to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students for the 2017-2018 school year.
The focus of the District 57 1:1 Learning Initiative is to provide tools and resources to the 21st Century learner. Excellence in education requires that technology be seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. According to studies and school reports, students who use a computing device in a 1:1 educational environment are more organized engaged learners, attend school more regularly, advance their knowledge and understanding of technology, and become constructors and designers of information and ideas (Bebell, 2005). Increasing access to technology is essential for that future, and one learning tool for these 21st Century learners is the devices which accesses Google Apps for Education (herein referred to as GAFE). The mobility (anywhere, anytime) and individualized use of the device is a way to empower students to maximize their learning and practice 21st Century skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Learning happens from a continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents, and community at large. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. Effective teaching and 1:1 access to a device and resources set up the best conditions for learning.