Friday, March 31, 2017

One-to-One Technology Initiative

The Liverpool Central School District has embarked upon a one-to-one technology initiative that creates an educational environment providing our students with access to a personalized Chromebook beginning in grades 4th and 7th.  In grades 2 and 3, students will have access to classroom-assigned Chromebook carts to be utilized as determined by the teacher and curriculum needs.

After returning back from Spring break in late April [2017], we will begin the distribution to students in grades 4 and 7.  Each year following [Fall], we will continue this deployment process in grades 4, 7, and 10 until completed.  By end of the 2018-19 school year, the deployment plan will ensure all students in grades 2nd – 12th will have access to portable computing. Students in grades kindergarten and 1st will have access to an iPad device, when appropriate and necessary – given the curricular expectations.  The key tenet’s in our Liverpool Central School District Strategic Plan supports the resources necessary to focus on student achievement, communication, future-ready skills and professional learning communities by utilizing innovative technology - engage students leading to transformed learning. This initiative supports our overarching plan for student success.

The planning process for our one-to-one initiative began about two years ago when we initiated the goals and strategic intents included in our district roadmap for success.  For several years, the district has provided every teacher with a laptop computer. As our staff became more comfortable with this technology device, we decided to introduce our students to portable technology in almost every grade throughout our fourteen school buildings. Seeing not only great success but high levels of excitement with our students and teachers, we determined that the time was right to commitment the district to a Google platform.  We also determined that by linking our commitment to Google, we would naturally ascend into a one-to-one Chromebook initiative.  While evaluating the needs of our students and staff, it was vital to address the infrastructure needs district-wide.   We have created a standardized classroom foundation and have created a vibrant, interactive wireless learning environment throughout our entire school setting.

As research suggests, continuous access to a computing device for every student leads to increased academic achievement and a more engaged educational setting.  We believe that we can leverage technology to increase student engagement and provide opportunities for students supporting the 21st Century Skills including:  creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. As our teachers learn to work with technology, we see the possibility for more personalized learning opportunities hosted within each classroom setting; additionally, technology fosters learning at a faster pace as well as opportunities to fill in gaps for students experiencing deficiencies in their learning - both critical for future success.

As a public school district, we feel incredibly fortunate to belong to a community that values education and recognizes the critical role technology plays in providing a first-class education, and look forward to utilizing our resources to positively impact student achievement.

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