The Digital Learning Classroom program has evolved over the past 10 years. These classroom teachers receive job imbedded professional learning to embrace technology-enabled educational practices in their classrooms.
Currently, elementary schools receive laptops or Chromebooks for a selected classroom on a 2:1 ratio. There are 10 Digital Learning Classrooms across our 7 secondary schools providing enough technology to support a 1:1 device ratio based on largest class size. Teachers had a choice between iPads and Chromebooks or a combination of the two.
2014-2015 Scaling Up:
In the 2014-15 school year laptops in eighteen classrooms were replaced with Dell Chromebook 11s. We are a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) board and with two hundred and seventy Chromebooks in our schools, students are taking advantage of the quick and easy access to Google applications and extensions to collaborate and communicate with peers inside and outside of the classroom.
Chromebooks are an inexpensive option for schools to purchase to replace their old technology. With Chromebooks being used in 18 classrooms, we were able to share the teacher/student feedback with administrators to guide decisions around technology to be purchased for the upcoming school year. Twenty four principals then purchased Chromebooks for the 2015-16 school year. This will bring us up to Eight Hundred and forty three Chromebooks accessible to staff and students in our district.
2015-2016 Scaling Up:
The scope of this initiative has been extended into each of our secondary schools. In our secondary sites we have increased technology to a 1:1 student to device ratio within the various DLC classrooms. Teachers choose their technology and ratio, from Chromebooks and iPads or a combination of the two. This choice allows teachers to customize based around their own intended needs and outcomes based on the specific strengths of each device (for example touch screen or keyboard).