1:1 Computing Initiative Update

posted Mar 16, 2017, 11:18 AM by District Webmaster   [ updated May 4, 2017, 3:10 AM ]

1:1 Computing Plan

In August 2016 district voters approved a bond issue to fund a multi-year plan to implement 1:1 computing for secondary school students. This will eventually provide a Chromebook to each middle school and high school student for use both at school and at home.

In the 2016-2017 pilot year, 13 carts with 20 to 35 Chromebooks have been provided to the students in all 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade English classrooms. The students and teachers are using G Suite for Education along with the Canvas Learning Management System in their lessons.

Beginning in January 2017, 9-12 faculty members have been eligible for instructional equipment rewards for completing online training on the Canvas Learning Management System via KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG. 

Similar programs will be offered to 6-8 faculty in 2018-2019 before Chromebooks are distributed to middle school students the following school year.

In August 2017 all freshmen will receive a Chromebook for use at school and home. The district is prepared to deal with the accidental damage that may occur. Parents will be able to purchase an insurance plan to help cover Chromebook repairs, and there will be an on-site Chromebook repair and support program at the high school, manned by trained students and an instructor. The Chromebooks program will expand to grades 9-12 in 2018-2019, and to grades 6-12 in 2019-2020. 

Our elementary schools will begin offering Project Lead the Way Launch STEM modules in 2017-2018. We will ensure each school has a compatible iPad cart via a Challenge Grant from the Bartlesville Public School Foundation and other sources. We expect to need a second iPad cart at each elementary school in 2018-2019 as additional STEM modules are added. In later years, additional iPad and/or Chromebook carts will be provided to expand use of devices in the elementary classrooms. Unlike the secondary school Chromebooks, the elementary devices will be school-based and not checked out to individual students.

Technology advances quickly, so this timeline and plan structure is subject to change in order to maximize instructional effectiveness and efficiency.