The North Union Local School District 1:1 initiative grew out of the desire to provide 24/7 access to learning for our students. While the most noticeable portion of the initiative may be the devices that students are bringing home, it is much more. Teachers are changing the way they teach by providing online access to class resources, references, and supporting materials. Students are no longer passive listeners in the classroom. Instead they are collaborating with other students, as well as creating and submitting content to their teachers electronically.
Why is any of this important? Because the world into which our students will go is different. Whether college or workplace bound, they will be required to be self-motivated, technically competent, problem solving, life long learners.
Preparation for the 1:1 initiative included both an infrastructure and personnel component. During the summer of 2012, the district completed a major wireless infrastructure upgrade to support the increased number of devices and wireless traffic. Teacher preparation has included professional development on topics related to changing instruction. Topics included: Project Based Learning, utilizing online Learning Management Systems, and utilizing online tools (such as Google Apps For Education).
Currently the devices being used in the 1:1 initiative are Dell and Lenovo laptops in Grades 1-2 and 6-12. Dell Chromebooks are being used in Grades 3-5. Changes in the selected device will be based on academic functionality required.
Grades 6-8 (devices go home) & Grade 5 (devices stay in classroom)
Grades 6-10 (devices go home) & Grade 5 (devices stay in classroom)
Grades 6-12 (devices go home) & Grade 3-5 (devices stay in classroom)
Grades 6-12 (devices go home) & Grade 2-5 (devices stay in classroom)
Grades 6-12 (devices go home) & Grade 1-5 (devices stay in classroom)