What is a 1:1 technology initiative?
“An environment in which all students use computing devices, such as wireless laptops or tablets, in order to learn anytime and anywhere” (1:1 Computing, A Guidebook to Help You Make the Right Decisions). Implementation of 1:1 initiatives must focus on:
- Improving teaching and student learning
- Providing quality instruction
- Using technology to enhance the pedagogy
The eLearning Backpack Initiative is a broader initiative in Virginia intended to assist schools in the transition to digital content and tablet computers. It is a multi-year initiative to provide every student in the selected schools with a tablet. The goals of the Initiative are:
What is the Virginia Department of Education eLearning Backpack Initiative?
- To increase student engagement and learning.
- To provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for academic and workplace success.
- To enhance student content knowledge through the use of digital resources.
- To differentiate instruction for all learners by using technology.
What does PWCS 1:1 Digital Device Computing: Student Learning Anytime, Anywhere mean?
In the 2014-15 school year PrinceWilliam County Schools (PWCS) implemented the eLearning Backpack Initiative for all 9th and 10th graders in three high schools, Freedom,Gar-Field, and Stonewall Jackson. By implementing the 1:1 eLearning Backpack Initiative, it provides opportunities for 1:1 digital device computing for student learning anytime, anywhere. Technology is a valuable tool that supports and enhances the PWCS instructional program by promoting problem solving, critical thinking, analytical, and decision making skills. Students will access, process, and communicate information in a dynamic, integrated, and technological environment.
This year, 2016-2017, Stonewall Jackson High School will again be implementing the 1:1 program for any 9th through 12th grade students interested in the program, as well as providing classroom sets of the devices throughout the entire school. We want to provide more opportunities for students to use the devices in class and will continue training teachers on more ways to integrate the use of the devices into their curriculum and daily lessons.
SJHS hopes to start “rolling out” the tablets this year in October. If you are interested in receiving a tablet once this process begins, you and your parent/guardian should continue reading below to read the eLearning Backpack Handbook. If you still want to participate, you need to complete the Digital Device Loan Agreement Form and submit it with the yearly $40 repair/maintenance fee to the main office. Once you’ve submitted the form, listen and watch the website for announcements regarding receiving your tablet.
I'm interested! What do I do now?
Where can I get a copy of the Handbook?
Where can I get a copy of the Digital Device Loan Agreement?
Digital Device Loan Agreement
(To be submitted to the Office)
Where can I see the SJHS Parent Night Presentation?
Are there help guides for using my tablet?
Who can I contact with questions about this program?
Tina Brunn, Instructional Technology Coach, firstname.lastname@example.org