Connected Districts, Part 2: Prioritizing ed-tech

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
January 21st, 2014

Here’s how your fellow administrators create and sustain connected schools

connected-2We presented the idea of the “connected district” in Part 1 of this series, where we featured one district that has made personalized learning a top priority, and another that went paperless and saw an increase in student and teacher collaboration.

In Part 2, we continue to help educators share their best practices and success stories. What works for your district? Have you implemented a bring-your-own-device initiative? Are you experimenting with flipped or blended learning? Let us know in the comments section, or find me on Twitter @eSN_Laura.

Mobility and 24/7 access

Englewood Middle School in Colorado’s Englewood School District reaches and engages students at school and at home thanks to a take-home iPad initiative. Nearly all parents (95 percent) have given permission for their students to bring the iPads home, said Mike Porter, the district’s director of information technology.

(Next page: How tablets help students stay connected)

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2 Responses to “Connected Districts, Part 2: Prioritizing ed-tech”

January 21, 2014

I am a bit confused. You have a section here labeled “Mobility and 24/7 Access” with no mention of how off-campus access is achieved? Do you consider the students “connected” simply because they have an iPad? What about connectivity off-campus to support 24/7 access and “mobility”?

    January 23, 2014

    Dear Michael, This is a great question. Before we funded the help of 1:1, we gave away 25 laptops a year to the students at each school who leveled up in Reading. To all of our surprise, the students figured out connectivity. Either McDonalds, the local library, or other hot spots. You might also want to know that the parents who used the computers spent their time creating resumes. The 1:1 actually help the entire family. This is a great question.