Will SmarterBalanced testing force us to become 1:1?

smarterbalancedBack in December, a small group of teachers and admins met to review the SmarterBalanced testing requirements to help the district prepare for the technology needs.

Perhaps the most significant question on everyone’s mind….

Will on-line testing and SmarterBalanced specifically, force the district to become 1:1 and provide a device for each student?

Answer:  No.  

We’ve taken a look at the estimated time per test, factored in the number of students/sections and ran some calculations against the amount of equipment that our schools have – and in all scenarios and in all buildings, we’ll be able to administer the test using existing resources.

You mean we don’t even have to buy additional computers/laptops?  Correct, the only thing that needs to be purchased is headsets and we’re estimating that cost to be $65,000 every two years.

CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program DUE Jan 12th

centurylinkTeachers in public or private PreK-12 schools located in CenturyLink’s residential service areas may apply for a Teachers and Technology Grant. Applicants do not have to be CenturyLink customers in order to apply for this grant.

Applications can be made online and are due by Jan 12th.


NOTE from Brian:  This is a classroom based tech grant – they are wanting applications from individual or small teams of teachers for specific items that are needed for lesson plans, units, or specific projects.  Several teachers in WDMCS have received this grant before.  The max you can request is $5,000 for hardware, software, training, supplies.  The grant will not cover substitutes, salaries, or stipends.