Pick Your Own Device
The Garnet Valley School District recognizes the importance of providing a technology‐rich learning environment to prepare its students for maximum success as they continue their education or enter the workforce. Our PYOD (Pick Your Own Device) program is an important step in the process to take our students to the next level of achievement.
The district’s goal is to provide access to technology, in the form of classroom carts (iPads, Chromebooks, Laptops) in all K-8 classrooms with no fee for students or parents. All students in grades 9-12, will continue to have the option to bring their own device to class each day or lease a device from the district.
In a 1:1 learning environment, each student has a personal and portable device available to use in every class and, for our high school students, at home as well. This practice is widely known as “anytime, anywhere” learning with the emphasis on 21st century learning. When every student has a device, teaching and learning becomes much more dynamic and engaging, which leads to deeper understanding and more connections to real world applications. Students can collaborate online with their peers in the classroom, across classrooms, with other schools, and countries to gain and contribute multiple perspectives. They can use their devices to research, gather, and evaluate information; write summaries, analyses, and opinions; and communicate effectively to convey meaning and rationale.
While in class, students may use their devices to take notes, do research, write assignments, complete online quizzes, create multimedia presentations, and/or collaboratively work through shared documents. In their classes, students will become proficient using a variety of digital platforms such as Microsoft Office and Google Apps—tools that are used in higher education and careers.
There is a collection of research on 1:1 programs that demonstrates many positive impacts on student learning resulting from changes in instructional practices and daily use of technology. When a 1:1 program is implemented effectively, students show increased engagement, decreased dropout rates, and gains in student achievement. Instruction becomes more student‐centered with increased incorporation of authentic and hands‐on activities.