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My school is thinking of going 1:1, but where do we start? How do we start?
For some educators, rolling out a 1:1 program can seem daunting even after you have funds in place. And many districts implement 1:1 programs without considering students without Internet at home, which truly limits the positive impact a 1:1 program can have.
Wouldn’t it be great to hear from a fellow educator on her experience?
Jerri Kemble, Assistant Superintendent, Lawrence Public Schools, will share how her Kansas school district successfully rolled out a 1:1 program during an informative webinar hosted by Kajeet and CDW-G on Oct. 18, at 12 noon EDT.
The Status of 1:1
Eight percent of school districts will implement a 1:1 program this fall, with an additional 10 percent who are considering it, according to a recent Kajeet survey. And that’s in addition to the 58 percent of school districts who already have a 1:1 program.
Plus a priority for the 2017-2018 school year is to continue, improve, or implement a 1:1 program, according to 26 percent of K-12 educators and administrators, according to survey respondents.
Of the respondents who have 1:1 devices, 62 percent send their devices home. But therein lies the problem. Many districts implement a 1:1 program without a plan for students who lack Internet at home.
So let’s answer those 1:1 questions you have. Here’s how you can successfully roll out a 1:1 initiative. Don’t just take our word for it, hear it first-hand from an educator.
Pilot to Proven Success
Lawrence Public Schools instituted a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in 2014. After realizing the inequities brought on by BYOD, they decided to go 1:1.
In just two years, they launched a comprehensive 1:1 device program to their middle schools, and then to their high schools. But that wasn’t all. They also focused on digital equity to ensure students had, and continue to have, Internet access outside the classroom with Kajeet SmartSpot® devices.
These Wi-Fi hotspot devices safely connect students anytime, anywhere. For schools that are 1:1 or planning on going 1:1, providing students tablets is only the first step. With one in three students who lack adequate Internet access at home, going 1:1 can actually widen the Homework Gap.
So Lawrence Public Schools decided to take a stand and be proactive on addressing the needs of all students, particularly those without Internet at home.
Learn first-hand how Lawrence Public Schools reached digital equity inside and outside the classroom with the Oct. 18 webinar, “From Pilot to Proven Success: Why Internet Outside the Classroom Should be Part of Your 1:1 Strategy.”
And if you’re not afraid of spoilers, here’s a case study on the Lawrence Public Schools beyond BYOD program.