We are excited to explore the possibility of piloting a 1-to-1 Technology Learning Initiative in the 2012/2013 school year. This initiative is to have our students learning with access to their own electronic device (chromebook, laptop, etc.) both in the classroom and at home. This 1-to-1 pilot would begin with our grade 9’s and one grade 4 class. Research indicates and we believe that creating a 1-to-1 learning environment will:
- increase student engagement and motivation
- improve academic achievement
- foster creativity and innovation
- increase collaboration and communication among students, staff, and parents
- improve digital literacy skills that will equip students for the future
In preparation for this initiative, we are taking a thoughtful and deliberate approach that includes research, input and feedback, plan development, preparation, implementation and evaluation.
An extremely important part of this process is gathering input and feedback from parents and all stakeholders. In accordance with this we have presented to school council and asked all parents of children who will be in grade 4 and grade 9 in the upcoming 2012/2013 school year to complete a feedback survey. If you would like to offer some initial feedback please click the link and complete the 1-To-1 Technology In The Classroom Parent Survey. In addition, we have also met with a small group of parents to get feedback as part of the plan for this initiative. We now want to engage the larger parent community in discussions regarding this initiative.
We are hosting a parent information session and question and answer time on Tuesday, June 19 from 3:30-5:00 and Wednesday June 20 from 6:00-7:30. These sessions will be a great opportunity for discussion and feedback. We would like all parents of children who will be in grade 4 and grade 9 in the upcoming 2012/2013 school year to attend one of the information sessions but would also like to invite all parents and community members interested to come and participate. Hope to see you there!
Information Session 1: Tuesday, June 19 – 3:30-5:00
Information Session 2: Wednesday, June 20 – 6:00-7:30
We look forward to continuing to engage in discussion with parents regarding this initiative and welcome all inquiries. Please feel free to contact the office if you have any further discussions about this 1-to-1 technology initiative.