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​D​155 1:1 Te​chnology Program - FAQ


What is a 1:1 Technology Program?

Every student in Community High School District 155 will be given a device to have every period of the school day and at home.


How will a 1:1 Technology Program benefit our students?

A 1:1 Technology Program will offer interactive and engaging instruction, increase student collaboration, personalize instruction, expand learning resources, and extend the learning environment beyond the classroom.


What is the timeline?

  • Early November - Disseminated Parent/Community Survey

  • November - 1:1 District Mission Committee developed a vision

  • December - Board of Education approved implementation for a 1:1 Technology Program

  • April - Parent/Student training sessions (Dates TBD)


When would 1:1 be implemented?

The 1:1 Technology Program will be implemented during the 2017-18 school year.


Which surrounding districts have implemented at 1:1 Technology Program?

  • Barrington  District 220

  • Marengo District 154

  • Lake Zurich District 95

  • Huntley District 158

  • Crystal Lake Elementary District 47 (Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders 2016-17)

  • Cary School District 26 (Pilot program 2016-17)

  • Fox River Grove District 3 (Pilot program 2016-17)

  • Prairie Grove District 46 (Pilot program possibly end of 2016-17)


Can students bring their own device?

No. In order to keep our support model as efficient and effective as possible, we need to maintain strict standards on the devices our students use. As such, students will only be able to use district-supplied devices.  


How much will it cost?

New devices will be given to all freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Seniors will use a device that is approximately one year old. The cost for the devices is $1,350,000 and is included in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Additional support for tools and equipment is about $181,000 and is also included in the FY2017 budget.


How were funds allocated to pay for the 1:1 Technology Program?

For this 2016-2017 school year, the State of Illinois increased its General State Aid contribution to school districts.  D155 allocated this additional revenue to cover the remaining start up costs for its 1:1 Technology Program within its balanced Fiscal Year 2017 budget.  To sustain a 1:1 Technology Program, District 155 will continue to allocate its resources strategically.  District 155 also is evaluating its current student fee structure and comparing it with other area school districts.  If it makes sense to increase student fees, this new revenue could be used to support any new district initiative, including the proposed 1:1 Technology Program.


Can parents purchase the device from a retail location/vendor?

No. In order to keep our support model as efficient and effective as possible, we need to maintain strict standards on the devices our students use.  As such, students will only be able to use district-supplied devices.  


Parents should know that the district does its best to leverage high-volume purchasing strategies with its vendors to procure the highest quality devices for our students at the overall lowest cost.


What were the results from the surveys to students and teachers?

  • 83.7% of students support a 1:1 initiative

  • 69.1% of teachers support a 1:1 initiative

  • 87.7% of parents support a 1:1 initiative​​


What device will students receive?

After significant research and piloting of several devices, the district has selected the Chromebook as the take home device. Other forms of technology will be available in classrooms as needed.


Is the infrastructure in place to support a 1:1 Technology Program?

Yes, during the past few years, we have worked hard to build a robust network that includes wireless connectivity in every classroom and ample access to the internet. Our networks currently support over 5,200 mobile devices, and they have the capacity to support the additional devices that a 1:1 program will bring.


What solutions are available to a student when their device runs out of battery or breaks during the day?  

We plan to have student-centered support areas in each school that will be equipped to quickly handle these types of issues. Students will be able to go to these areas throughout the day to receive a “loaner” device to use while their device is re-charging or being repaired. The goal will be to ensure that students always have a working device available so that they can take active part in whatever activities their teachers have planned.


Will there be adequate recharging sources in the classrooms?

We are currently investigating charging station options for classrooms. While it may take some time to equip every room with a charging station, they will be available in “common areas” such as lunch rooms and study halls when the program starts.   


What if students do not have access to the internet at home?

There are a number of locations in the area that offer free internet access.  One such location is your public library, and we plan to partner with other establishments throughout the community to create “student-friendly” spaces, wherein WiFi will be available at no cost.

The district also encourages those who struggle with the cost of in-home internet access to explore the Internet Essentials program that is offered by Comcast.  This program generally offers affordable internet service to households that have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.   More information about the Internet Essentials program can be found by clicking here.


How will you provide student security and site restrictions off campus?

Our internet filtering system can extend beyond our buildings, meaning that it is possible to provide the same content filtering protection for students when using a district-issued Chromebook at school or off campus. We will be performing tests during in the spring of 2017 to ensure that there are no technical issues with providing off-campus filtering when the program starts.


What if my child breaks or loses his/her device? Will I be responsible.

The district is currently developing a policy to answer this question.  We hope to finalize the policy with our Board of Education and make it available sometime during the spring of 2017.


How are teachers being trained in both integrated learning and instructional strategies to personalize learning?

Professional development will continue to provide teachers with exposure to new tools and strategies that enhance teaching and learning.  Rather than using technology for technology's sake, we strive to provide learning opportunities that are enhanced or enabled by the use of technology such as personalized learning opportunities.  Throughout our professional development sessions, we will focus on skill enhancement, classroom management, and pedagogical practices, while also providing opportunities for application and discussion with colleagues.



If you still have questions or would like to submit feedback:

Email:  onetoone@d155.org


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Community High School
District 155
1 South Virginia Road
Crystal Lake IL 60014
Phone: 815-455-8500