Waterloo Future Ready Technology Goals
Why give every student in grades 5-12 a device?
Waterloo School District has been integrating technology into the classroom for years, from interactive whiteboards in nearly every classroom to carts of iPads and Chromebooks. More importantly, Waterloo has emphasized teacher professional development resources to support quality instructional strategies. Waterloo has recognized that technology use is an essential piece of developing college and career-ready students, and putting a piece of technology into the hands of every student in grades 5-12 is a way to equalize access to learning opportunities.
Technology gives us the opportunity to differentiate the learning experience for each student in a motivating environment. We can teach students essential career skills like perseverance, collaboration, and organization using real-world context and scenarios, and students learn how to deal with having learning choices.