1:1 Learning

1:1 Learning to Engage, Inspire and Empower

TechCamp North Shore 2014

On August 14, 2014, teachers and staff from school districts 109, 112 and 113 gathered for a day of professional development to prepare for their move to 1:1 teaching and learning.

Why 1:1 in 109?

Over the past several years, Deerfield 109 has been steadily increasing access to technology though the purchases of mini laptops, iPads, n-computing pods, Promethean interactive whiteboards, Nexus tablets and Chromebooks.  While this technology has allowed students and teachers to explore digital resources and collaborate through Google apps, due to its limited availability, it has not yet allowed for the full transformation of learning that will support our mission statement to engage, inspire and empower each student to excel and contribute in a changing world.

That is where a 1:1 learning environment is different from simply accessing shared devices.  1:1 learning, in fact, is not about the device at all, but instead about transforming teaching and learning.   There are several beliefs about education that we at Deerfield 109 hold true: 
  • That the nature of information and knowledge is changing.
  • That students learn differently today.
  • That education has to become about more than just standardized tests.
  • That we live in a digital age, dominated by information, that sees technological advancements happening at an exponential rate.
  • That we must prepare students for their futures, not our past.
  • That students have a fundamental right to expect an education that reflects these principles.   (credit Leyden 212)
With this vision guiding us and after years of research and study, at the October 21, 2013 meeting, the Board of Education approved a plan for the 2013-2014 school year to support Innovation Grants for 40 Deerfield educators and 782 students beginning in January 2014.  These grants will support  1:1 learning environments using iPads in grades K-2 and Chromebooks in grades 3-8.  This plan will provide equal access to information, learning resources, and the digital tools that we believe will foster an environment of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity for the grant participants and will officially mark the start of the pilot of 1:1 learning in our district.

In our K-2nd grade pilot classrooms, students will use iPads as their 1:1 device, in our 3rd-8th grade classrooms, students will use Chromebooks as their 1:1 device. But this pilot is about so much more than a device, it is about transforming teaching and learning. It is about providing students and teachers with access to resources and technology at their fingertips to facilitate creativity, innovation, collaboration, global awareness, information literacy and media literacy. Students will be able to immerse themselves into a digital-rich environment where there are no limits to their learning. They will be able to immediately access a world of resources to support their individual learning needs.

1:1 learning environments facilitate differentiated instruction. Students needing extra support can spend time on resources that are designed to meet their unique learning needs, while others may focus on resources designed to enhance and extend their learning.

Higher-order thinking and creativity become a regular part of classwork, as those lower-level, easy to answer questions are only a click away. Both students and teachers will strive to push the limits of traditional learning. 1:1 learning is a paradigm shift in school as we knew it when we were students.  The SAMR model for educational technology will drive our 1:1 learning environments.  As teachers and students seek creative and innovative ways to modify and redefine teaching and learning, we will be well on our way to our mission to Engage, Inspire and Empower each student to excel and contribute in a changing world!

This web site is intended to share information with the Deerfield 109 students, parents, community members, and other stakeholders regarding our 1:1 initiative.