At Douglas County West High School, students will be involved in a 1:1 iPad blended learning environment that is consistent with the advances in technology. Technology has made the ability to move towards individualizing learning, which can increase independence and self-initiated learning in students, and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Digital Learning Resources
Each student will have access to an iPad in school and the ability to take the iPad home as well. Each teacher will be given an iPad as well as an MacBook Pro. Classrooms will need to be updated with projectors, screens and Apple Airplay devices. Current bandwidth availability will be evaluated and updated to meet the needs of the 1:1 environment.
Teachers and administrators will be at varying levels of technology usage. Whole group PD for technology training will not be a constructive, instead individualized or small group PD should be utilized. Teachers should be allowed to choose the type of PD sessions that will be most useful to their classroom objectives. Collaboration should be encouraged among teachers in the district as well as outside the district.
Options for High-Speed Internet Access
There are many options for connecting to the Internet, but Douglas County West High School currently is using fiber to establish Internet connectivity. At this point, this is the best option for the school. Other options such as satellite or broadband would not be as viable or as cost effective as the currently used option.
Best Connectivity Path for Your District's Needs
Path 1: Research and Education Networks is the current option used by Douglas County West High School.
Elements That Will Affect Cost
Determining costs are influenced by the number of devices and which digital learning resources are utilized, the capacity and age of the districts infrastructure, use of existing equipment, geographic distance and difficulty, paths of connectivity, level and type of security.
The two most unrecognized costs are human expenses such as time, personnel and PD and ongoing network monitoring such as network management and monitoring, technology support, insurance for devices, security filtering, and licensing.
E-Rate is the most commonly utilized funding source for schools and libraries. Ensures affordable access to high-speed internet to support digital learning.
Resources for Rural Schools
Options for rural school funding include partnering with municipal governments to share the costs.
Importance of Devices
1:1 programs do not limit student engagement and collaboration. Not all students may have their own devices so it is vital that all students have equal access to technology. Douglas County West High School currently has a 1:1 iPad program.