“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.”
- Bill Gates, Founder Microsoft Corporation
To equip all students with the technology skills needed for future college and career success.
To continuously improve student engagement and personalization of learning by providing equitable access to technology.
1:1 Personalized Devices
All Gateway Unified School District’s students and teachers grades 2nd through 12th will be provided with iPads.
Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms are equipped with 10 iPad tablet learning labs.
This initiative is driven by the positive results the District has achieved over the past 3 years with the use of one-to-one devices.
To transform the learning experiences within the District and assist students reach higher levels of achievement all students and teacher will be equipped with iPads. Teachers will be provided the necessary training to effectively integrate the tablets into their instruction.
The one-to-one learning environment provides students instant access to technology for research, communication, collaboration, and creation that reflects the realities of life in the 21st century.
Digital tools and strategies will permeate instruction to support the teaching of all GUSD students. This environment enables students to read, write, collaborate, and gain a deeper level of thinking and reasoning. All students will participate in inquiry driven projects that demonstrate a deeper understanding of covered topics.
The use of technology will become ubiquitous in our classrooms.
Why we chose iPads?
- Online assessments
- eBook reader
- Video mirroring
- Personal response device
- Intuitive design
- Ease of use
- Educational Apps selection
- Accessibility features
- Lightweight and durable
- Long battery life
- Reduce printing
- Fast solid-state hard drive
"What I like about using my iPod is that it is easier than a computer to take AR goals… I don’t have to wait for a computer to take up a bunch of my time. I can go anywhere in the room without distracting other people to use the computers."
- 3rd Grade Student
"I like the iPads because they are great technologies and because everything involve technologies now a days. And to have that as a kid is great education for the real world."
- 3rd Grade Student
Assess Initiative Results
We will use surveys to assess entry points for teachers on integration of technology into their curriculum. Through these surveys and classroom observations, we will evaluate the ongoing professional staff development needs. By use of the PLC process, we will collaborate to achieve the greatest instructional impact possible. School and student data will be reviewed to target trends in assessment scores, attendance, and discipline. Improvement in student engagement will be assessed by means of classroom observations and teacher feedback.
"I have had one-to-one devices for the past 3 years. Lucky me! ...Writing is an important component in using iPads. The students can write drafts, edit, revise, and produce a final copy, all without using paper and endless rewriting."
A properly implemented 1:1 initiative can produce the following results:
- Julie Hinson, BSA 5th grade teacher
- Increased Interest in Learning.
(Bebell & Kay, 2010; Lowther, Ross, Strahl, Inan, & Pollard, 2005)
- Increased Engagement and Reduced Behavior Referral.
(Bebell & Kay, 2010; Bebell & O'Dwyer, 2010; Suhr, 2010; Muir, Knezek, & Christensen, 2004)
- Better Organized, More Efficient.
(Weber, 2009; Silvernail & Lane, 2004)
- Decrease in Absentee Rate.
(Holcomb, 2009; Lemke & Martine, 2003)
- Higher Test Scores for Writing and Higher Quality of Writing.
(Suhr, 2010; Metri Group, 2006; Lowther, Ross & Morrison, 2003; Warschuer & Kahi, 2002)