Digital learning and instruction is a long-term focus in Princeton Public Schools to help all students develop the skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing world. With a focus on student learning, the digital learning plan in Princeton Public Schools includes putting mobile devices (Chromebooks) into the hands of students in grades 3 through 12, and expanding student access to shared classroom sets of mobile devices (iPads) in Pre-K through through grade 2.
One-to-one (1:1) technology in a classroom involves each student using a mobile device, either an iPad or Chromebook, as an integral part of our innovative instructional practices. Each student will be assigned an individual iPad or Chromebook to use as a learning tool. During the beginning of the program, mobile devices will be kept at school and later transition to sending the technology home with students. One-to-one technology is currently used in approximately 55% of Minnesota schools, and supports a personalized approach to classroom instruction (Minnesota Department of Education, 1:1 Device Programs Best Practices in K-12 Education, 2015).
As we consider the needs of today’s learners to be competitive in the digital-age, aligning our student’s access to technology, instructional supports and infrastructure will help us provide 21st Century opportunities in our schools. A large focus of our continuous improvement plan plan is to build capacity within each learner to solve real-world problems and acquire new skills. Technology helps accelerate learning opportunities both in and outside of our classrooms.