What

Our vision for the pilot project is to create community classrooms using classroom and personalized technology that show the potential of our long term vision (technology plan). Piloting will enable us to test internal processes for: digitizing of resources, take home procedures, policies, insurance, management, showcasing student work, showcasing teacher work, and acceptable use. 

The Director of Instructional Technology, Instructional Technology Facilitators and Pilot Teachers will be working closely to develop plans and procedures to make learning more personal for students. This will mean a change in the way we teach and a change in the way students learn. We do not want to just add technology to the classroom and not change how things are done.

Education is a multivariant challenge. Throwing technology at the problem without redesigning the whole context just won't work. Some students and teachers will of course benefit from technology, and we'll read about them in vendor case studies. But most will continue to struggle and work around the newest complexity thrown into their environments. Infoworld, 08/09/2013

We are trying to personalize education from the ground up and the personal technology devices are one piece of scaffolding that can keep it all together for our students. Through our Wenatchee Learns communications and our strategic planning our schools are doing our best to make this shift to personalized and flexible learning.

We have chosen the iPad for many reasons including, but not limited to: Battery life, overall costs, reliability, familiarity, application availability, screen mirroring, management, adaptability, and versatility.

Four key areas of our 1:1 classroom pilot plan:

Equipment

Each classroom will be outfitted with current Learning and Teaching tools and tablets for the students and the teacher. Applications for the devices will be purchased as the teacher and student determine the need. Our initial investments in these classrooms are listed below.

Training

Staff in the pilot classrooms will receive differentiated on-going support and training from the Director of Instructional Technology. They will also have embedded training within the classroom enabling them to model and to be modeled for in the best way we know how. Our Technology Resource Teachers and Instructional Technology Facilitators will be trained in supporting the use of tablet devices as a teaching and learning tool in the classroom.

Curriculum

Curriculum in the pilot classrooms will cover the same standards covered in similar classrooms across the district. The difference will be that the teacher will have time and assistance with the digitizing of their paper based resources and the ability to work outside of the core adopted resources in this pilot to find curriculum that will digitally meet the standards required of their students. They will leverage Open Educational Resources (OER) and other web base content.

Measures

The pilot project effectiveness will be measured through qualitative and quantitative measures. Comparisons of students in the non-pilot classrooms vs pilot classrooms will be considered. Student and parent perception data will be collected regarding the implementation and effectiveness. Data will also be collected about cost, loss, theft, referrals, attendance, etc. This will help us determine the long term feasibility of a more widespread implementation of personalized student and teacher technology tools.