On January 22nd, the Northmont Board of Education approved the expansion of the One to One technology initiative. The One to One program was originally initiated by the Strategic Planning committee back in 2010. This team created a goal for the district to become One to One with technology. This means that all students would have access to their own devices. To continue this goal, a Technology Review Team was created in the spring of 2017 to not only look at devices but to also create a Northmont Technology Plan that addresses how technology will enhance learning for each student.
Currently, all high school students are assigned an iPad as part of this goal. The expansion of One to One will now include students in grades 2-8. Each student in grades 2-12 will be assigned an iPad 5th Generation. More details about which grades will have the opportunity to take them home to continue their learning anytime and anywhere will be coming out in the next several months. The district is also looking at re-assigning existing iPads to the Kleptz Early Learning Center so that even our youngest learners in grades K-1 will have access to these devices in each classroom.
There are many reasons the district decided to go with iPads for the One to One device.
Here is a slideshow that was presented to the board and other stakeholder groups across the district to explain the reasoning for this device:
The rollout will kickoff with K-12 teachers receiving their iPads during the March 23rd, 2018 Professional Development day. There will be trainers from Apple that day to provide differentiated professional learning experiences for each teacher. There will also be professional learning opportunities provided over the summer for those teachers who would like to take advantage of them. Students in grades 2-12 will each be assigned their own iPad and will receive it in the fall. Students in grades K-1 will have access to classroom sets of iPads in each classroom at the KELC next year. Training for classified staff who support student instruction will also be provided during the coming school year.
There will be parent information meetings arranged to provide communication and support to parents with this rollout. More details will come out as these are arranged. The district is also planning to put together a webpage on the Northmont website with all of the information about this One to One rollout.
As we continue to expand One to One across the district, we believe that these devices are going to enhance the high quality education that has always been a part of the Northmont experience. More information about this exciting opportunity for our students will continue to be shared in the coming months.