Avon Grove Charter School is excited to announce that it is planning to roll out a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for students in grades 7-12 and a modified plan for grades 5-6 in the 2017-2018 school year. Avon Grove Charter School is committed to preparing students to be successful citizens in a globalized and technical world. By putting a computer in the hands of every student while at school and for grades 7-12, while at home, learning can become flexible and personalized for staff and students through connected integration of technology in the learning process.
Recent research is clear that to ensure student success, education needs to move away from teacher-centric models towards a learner-centric, customized learning approach. One-to-One programs create an opportunity to increase accessibility and provide an environment where personalization is key. With access to technology, students have the ability to break down the industrial-age factory model of education and learn at their own pace, ability levels, and take advantage of increased tools for communication and collaboration. The devices, along with the development of digital content, allow students to access materials, interact, and collaborate 24/7; it breaks down the notion that learning must take place at school, in a classroom, in front of an instructor.
Over the years, AGCS has made a significant investment in mobile Chromebook technology throughout its campus to help enhance our student’s learning experience. Due to the lack of physical computer lab space and a formal library, AGCS has focused on building out its capacity to place Chromebook technology in the hands of every student that can be used throughout their academic day and classroom settings.
This initiative is a huge step for Avon Grove Charter School. As a small school with a small budget, this is a major investment into our students’ learning and support for our teacher’s instructional practices. This initiative also promotes the education and responsibility
of our students as they are being entrusted with this technology/hardware.
The program’s goals and objectives are aimed at expanding learning opportunities for our students and developing responsible digital citizens. The Avon Grove Charter School’s 1:1 initiative will integrate technology in the classroom to:
- Increase and provide equal access to technology
- Promote student engagement and an enthusiasm for learning
- Provide 24/7 access to digital content to promote learning
- Encourage a customized learning approach
- Encourage communication and collaboration among students, teachers, and parents
- Provide students opportunities to connect to their learning in a meaningful and purposeful way
- Differentiate and individualize learning
- Establish a sense of ownership and responsibility
- Reduce the use of printed textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, and paper copies
- Nurture a sense of digital responsibility and citizenship
- Prepare students for postsecondary success
One of the main goals of the 5th-6th grade initiative in the 2017-2018 school year is to build a sense of student ownership and responsibility so that the program can include the ability to take these individually assigned devices home in the following school year.
With the deployment of this program, Avon Grove Charter School will be implementing a nominal, yearly Technology Fee, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, which will act as an insurance umbrella for accidental damage and minor repairs. Parents will have the option to pay the yearly assessed technology fee and be covered by this insurance umbrella, elect to forgo paying the technology fee and be fully responsible for all costs and liability related to the device, or enroll in the school’s BYOD program. Families who participate in the National School Lunch program will have reduced fees assessed that are proportional to the lunch program rates.
Specific details of the program, the fee structure and coverage, security, and expectations will be outlined in a program handbook released later this Spring. AGCS Administration will also be hosting parent information nights and webinars later this Spring to review the program’s objectives and details.
As previously mentioned, AGCS is very excited at the prospect and possibility of this program. We look forward to providing AGCS students with modern learning tools and the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. Problem solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills will be enhanced and will help build a foundation for college and career readiness. It is our hope that the 1:1 initiative, paired with the strong pedagogical skills of our teachers, will provide real world, relevant experiences that will better prepare our students to compete in a technology-rich world.
Additional communication regarding the initiative will be forth coming.
Please keep an eye out for updates via the school website!