The decision to go 1:1 was made back in 2012 when a group of forward-thinking parents called for updates to the outdated instructional technology in our schools. Their voice was heard and the grassroots effort led to the development of specific technology goals – including K-12 1:1 computing – in the LCSS Strategic Plan.
Planning for implementation of what is now a highly successful 1:1 learning program at Central Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School began immediately following the adoption of the strategic plan. The following fall (2013) we launched our first sets of iPads into the elementary schools. For nearly 3 years, our teachers have been using learning apps to enhance instruction in Kindergarten through sixth grade.
The question I often receive when I tell people about our elementary technology initiative (click on the infographic for more information) is, what triggered the decision to go 1:1 now? My answer is simple – our teachers told us they were ready. To them the benefits were clear, and they wanted anytime access to iPads.
In late March, six pilot teachers (two from each elementary school) received a classroom set of iPads to help us evaluate the impact of moving to a 1:1 environment. In only our 3rd week of implementation, here is what we are finding our teachers can do even better:
- Identify student mistakes in real time and offer corrective coaching to prevent a student from embedding a misunderstanding in his or her long-term memory.
- Differentiate instruction through the implementation of a rotational blended learning model (see video).
- Automate simple grading tasks to provide students with instant feedback and allow the teacher to spend more time planning high-impact lessons for the following day.
As we continue on our journey towards full implementation, we need you to know firmly where we stand: It’s our teachers, not the iPad, that will help ensure the long-term success of your child(ren). The iPad is a tool the teacher will leverage to develop each student’s intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social abilities. Writing journals, paperback books, hands-on manipulatives, prayer cards and other traditional learning tools are and will continue to be used by our teachers to help your child(ren) learn.
If you were unable to attend our iParent Night on April 19th, please take 10 minutes to watch the video below. If you would like to learn more about the learning programs we are piloting on the iPads, please check out the links included below the video. Finally, if you’re still not sure moving to a 1:1 environment in K-2 classrooms is a good idea, please read the Waterford study.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/YxkXnzlCx64
Click here to access the iParent Night PowerPoint.
*Waterford produces content developmentally appropriate for students in grades K-2. iStation and Dreambox are designed for students K-6. ALEKS, iXL, and Thrive have content designed for students in grades 3-6.
3rd Party Research
*Included for parents concerned about adoption of iPads in grades K-2