"I applaud districts that are expanding technology. It's so important. However, it's important to note that technology isn't about replacing teachers. It's about pairing technology with great educators to meet the needs of all kids."
Arne Duncan, U.S Secretary of Education
May 17, 2012
Learning First Alliance, Washington, D.C.
1:1 Digital Learning Initiative to expand use of technology, improve engagement and personalization of student learning, and provide equitable access to technology
In May 2012, the School Board of the Spring Lake Park School District endorsed a comprehensive plan for the expansion of technology and digital learning throughout the district to improve student engagement, personalize student learning, as well as provide equitable technology access for all students, beginning with the start of the 2012-13 school year.
The 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative - now in a series of carefully orchestrated implementation phases - is placing a technology device in the hands of almost every student in the district. The plan is the culmination of eight years of professional development efforts, a comprehensive technology plan, a technology needs assessment, approval of technology levy by a supportive community, evaluation of technologies, research and learning from benchmark school districts throughout the country, staff input, and efficiencies derived from a partnership with the Farmington School District.
The initial phase, and roll-out of the first devices of this initiative took place at the end of September 2012. The fourth and final roll-out phase was completed by the end of February 2013.
To view the initial press release at the launch of the project, click here.
Below are opportunities to learn more about 1:1 Digital Learning including our Systems Readiness & Implementation Plan, Key Research Findings, iPad and iPod User Guides, our iPad and iPod phase-in plan, answers to questions, and news and updates about the initiative.