Department of Education: Devices


[MUSIC] Deborah: What we offer to our
students tells them what it is that we value. So when we
actually offer them a technology rich environment, we tell them
we value what they do outside of the classroom, we tell them we
value preparing them for their future, not for our present. Expenditures, not just for the acquisition of technologies,
but certainly for the upkeep and upgrading of technologies
is really critical. Donnie: Overall that one to one
initiative for us is allowing students the equity and
really focusing on access for the digital tools
in the 21st century. Cindy: The way we did it was
we organized a representative team of people that
looked at devices. We actually put them in a room
including students, parents, community members, board
members, but we didn’t ask this group to say, which device do
you want? What we asked them to do was to complete a matrix of
what are the things that this device needs to be able to
accomplish in the classroom. The impetus was to personalize
learning. To ensure that every child had a learning pathway
that was personalized to them. Male Speaker: Most school
boards and superintendents are operating on the scarcity model.
What’s the least we need in order to do what we have to do? And the problem is that’s
not a capacity model. That won’t scale us to
really a transformational learning environment. David: There are things
districts can’t afford because they spend precious resources
on buying devices, and students already own devices
typically better than the ones we may provide for them. So
we’ve taken a BYOD approach Devin: Bring your own device
strategy. And those that have equipment at home are
welcomed to bring it and use it in school. Female Speaker: But it was a
no-brainer for our district to go with BYOD. You look at your
resources, we have E-Rate money for access, not
quite enough to go one to one. So let’s use our E-Rate money
for access and use BYOD to put the devices in hands.
And so sometimes it’s looking at what are your resources
and capitalizing on them. Devin: And that gives us the
ability to target additional resources to those families
that need more support. Barbara: So that they get a
sense of what technology can do, how it can enrich
instruction and how students can best access
technology as a tool, not just as simply
as a device. [MUSIC]

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