1:1 Year 1

At this week’s board meeting, we presented some details about our 1:1 expansion next year for grades 5 and 6 across the division. Included in this presentation was some of the numbers involved in all the new devices we will be supporting!

We’re offering training on June 16, June 18, and June 19th for new teachers participating in the 1:1 program. We’re excited about expanding the program.

I also passed out books at our leadership meeting for our principals. We’ll be reading them between now and the summer and have a book discussion at one of our retreat days.

Dr. Mark Edwards, currently the superintendent in Mooresville, NC, and formerly the superintendent in Henrico, has some advice about how and why to start a 1:1 program. As I shared with all of our principals, this isn’t really about new technology or more computers. It’s about improving instruction through engaged student participation in and outside the classroom, through opportunities to personalize instruction, and through teaching that begins to includes inquiry into daily instruction.

Our 1:1 program is being planned to expand slowly, year by year, over a 4-year period. By year four, we plan to have gone completely 1:1 in grades 3-12, across the division.

We will have collected all of the iPads from GES students by June 4, 2014. We plan to re-deploy in Fall, 2014 to grades 3-5 at GES and grades 5 at BES and RES, plus grade 6 at GMS. We will be advertising deployment night times this summer to parents, when families come to learn more about the program, receive training, and take delivery of iPads.

If you’re interested in seeing what our students have done in our “Year 0″ pilot year, check out this link from our November, 2013 iPad Exhibition at GES.