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Dec 14
D155 Board Approves Implementation of 1:1 Technology Program
The Board of Education approved the implementation of a 1:1 technology program on December 13. Each D155 student will have a Chromebook every period of the day and will have a Chromebook to take home. The district will launch the 1:1 technology program beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

“For years, we’ve been working to find a way to provide the most innovative educational programs for our students. This decision continues a tradition of being in the forefront of providing a high quality educational environment for all students,” Ted Wagner, Board of Education president.

The district received valuable input from staff, students, and parents at town hall meetings and through survey responses. Implementing a 1:1 technology program in D155 will enhance collaboration and encourage personalized learning while expanding learning resources and the learning environment. This program will better support student learning; it will not replace quality teachers or instruction.

“This is a game changer for the district. I believe that leveling the playing field for all students and creating an environment that allows for learning to take place anywhere, anytime, any place, is currently the direction of 21st century education,” Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent.

Several technology enhancements have already been made throughout the district including infrastructure upgrades and a filtering and mobile device management software agreement has been approved.

A committee comprised of teachers, tech staff, and administrators generated a professional development plan which includes trainings and workshops to prepare staff for implementation.

The district will host a student-parent training session in April.

The cost to implement a 1:1 technology program has already been included in the FY 17 budget and is projected to cost $1,350,000. Tools and equipment to manage and support devices are projected to cost an additional $181,000, which is also included in the FY 17 budget.


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