Back in November, we announced that all technology projects were on hold (https://wdmtech.wordpress.com/2016/11/21/technology-projects-on-hold/) to give the district time to review the possibility of moving our inventory of chromebooks out of carts and directly into the hands of students.
So what’s the status of going 1:1?
A proposal for moving the chromebooks out of carts and into students hands is going forward to the school board at the Feb 13th meeting.
What grade levels are included?
3rd grade thru 12th grade
When would it start?
At the start of the 17-18 school year
Does this mean we are adding all new chromebooks?
We’ll be using all existing chromebooks first and then adding additional devices at locations that need them in order to be standardized.
Does this mean that all desktops and other laptops will be removed?
We will need to reduce the number of desktops in classrooms and computer labs – but we are not removing all desktops or computer labs.
Is it affordable? Can we sustain it long term?
Yes, it is affordable as our district already has over 5,400 chromebooks. In addition, we’ll reduce the number of desktops and merge curriculum funds that were previously spent on student technology devices, which will allow us to replace student chromebooks on a 4 to 5 year time period.
When will more details be available?
Next week, we’ll have more details regarding repair, roll out, training, and other details.