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1:1 Technology Program

Student Working on Chromebook

District 155 offers its students a 1:1 technology program.  This program provides a Google Chromebook device to each and every student so that it is available to him/her every period of the school day and at home. The 1:1 Technology Program enables interactive and engaging instruction, increases student collaboration, facilitates personalized & blended learning, expands learning resources, and extends the learning environment beyond the classroom.

We understand that you may have questions about this program.  Answers to the most commonly asked questions can be found in the "1:1 FAQ's" section below.   If you have additional questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact George DiVenere via email at gdivenere@d155.org.

1:1 FAQ's

Can you give some practical examples of how the devices are actually used?

Sure!  It's important to note that these devices are in no way intended to replace quality instruction delivered by top-notch teachers.  They are, rather, one additional tool that our outstanding teachers can use to enhance the educational experience for students by enabling unprecedented access to information, programs, and collaboration that support our curriculum and mission.  Some of the ways we do this are as follows: 

A World Beyond the Textbook

Our teachers regularly create, discover, and direct students toward qualitative online resources that help explain or reinforce key concepts covered in class.  This gives students a greater opportunity to approach and understand topics in a way that aligns with their learning style.  This also ensures that information on a given topic is  up-to-date and relevant.  

Frequent Feedback Through Formative Assessment

Formative assessments provide both teachers and students with invaluable information about what students understand and what they don’t.  Our teachers engage in the best practice of formative assessments in a variety of ways.  For many subjects, web-based formative assessments can be particularly effective because of the frequency and speed at which they can be administered. Chromebooks are a vital tool in this regard. 

Students regularly take formative assessments using Chromebooks and, in doing so, know what they have mastered and what areas they must target for improvement.  Teachers often use the information gathered to modify lesson plans, and provide targeted support for individual students.

Screenshot of Albert IO Formative Assessment Review Tool

What Does the Device Cost

Is the device filtered and/or monitored?

What if the device is lost or stolen?

What technical support is available?

District 155 schools have student-centered support areas  that are equipped to quickly handle these types of issues. Students will be able to go to these areas throughout the day to receive a “loaner” device to use while their device is re-charging or being repaired. The goal will be to ensure that students always have a working device available so that they can take active part in whatever activities their teachers have planned.

Can we buy and use our own device?

George DiVenere
Director of Technology
Phone: (815) 455-8500 ext. 1028
Email: gdivenere@d155.org
 

Trey Breeden
Technology Program Manager
Phone: (815) 455-8500 ext. 1029
Email: tbreeden@d155.org

Mike Bell
Network Infrastructure Coordinator
Phone: (815) 455-8500 ext. 1048
Email: mbell@d155.org