TL21 stands for “Transforming Learning for the 21st Century”. The Winona Area Public Schools is engaging in this initiative to transform learning and teaching for our students. 1:1 is shorthand for one-to-one. This means there will be one technology learning device for each student to use for learning at both school and home.
The 1:1 learning initiative will promote student engagement and enthusiasm for learning through interactive opportunities and collaboration. In the hands of students and teachers, individual access to technology will set in motion new modes of understanding of the world around us, of accessing information instantaneously, and of connecting with others.
- Why TL21 ?
- What 1:1 Is. What 1:1 Is Not.
- What kind of training will WAPS teachers receive?
- What students will be receiving technology devices?
- When are the students receiving these technology devices?
- Why Chromebooks and iPads?
- What if a student loses or damages their Chromebook?
- The cost of 1:1 is expensive. Where is the money coming from?
- Students will play games, use the technology inappropriately and not pay attention in class?
- Can we opt out of the TL21 Program?
- What if I don’t have Internet access at home?
- Where should students store their Chromebooks when they are not in class (PE, lunch, practice, etc.)?
- Will student Internet access be filtered outside of school?
- Can students use their own device rather than a district provided Chromebook?
TL21 stands for “Transforming Learning for the 21st Century”. The Winona Area Public Schools is engaging in this initiative to transform learning and teaching for our students. 1:1 is shorthand for one-to-one. This means there will be one technology learning device for each student to use for learning at both school and home. The 1:1 learning initiative will promote student engagement and enthusiasm for learning through interactive opportunities and collaboration. In the hands of students and teachers, individual access to technology will set in motion new modes of understanding of the world around us, of accessing information instantaneously, and of connecting with others.
1:1 supports the curricular goals of the school district through the strategic use of technology when it makes the most sense. One device per student provides access to tools on a daily basis to prepare students for college and beyond and is one step toward student-centered education. It allows for more face to face time, differentiated instruction and more opportunities to access new or varied resources. Creates a level playing field by all students having the same device and eliminating the “haves and have not’s”.
1:1 does not mean 100% computer time for students. It is not a replacement for teachers and does not require teachers or students to create complex or major technology projects or tools. Teachers are not required to develop completely new lessons. Existing lessons are augmented and enhanced through the provision of technology being integrated into the classroom.
WAPS teachers will have access to a robust, hands-on lineup of trainings developed and provided by WAPS instructional technology professionals. Training for teachers will occur well in advance of the students receiving the learning devices. In addition, our deployment timeline identifies a group of teachers and students at each level who will “pilot” the technology for their school prior to all students receiving their device. These campus leaders from each phase of the plan will assist colleagues during the full implementation of the program for their respective school.
The use of Chromebooks is rapidly expanding in K-12 educational institutions across the country. The Chromebook offers several important advantages which makes them an attractive option for schools. Chromebooks lend themselves to creating content and collaboration with built in keyboards, touchpads, and variety of external peripherals that can be used to collaborate and share. Chromebooks are devices specifically designed to access the educational content and collaborative resources provided by the Google Apps for Education ecosystem, which is provided to K-12 institutions at no cost. They provide a low-cost, easy to manage, secure solution which provides anytime, anywhere access.
For early elementary age K-2 learners, the iPad provides a touch-enabled interface that allows non-readers to instantly create, share, explore, collaborate, listen, record audio, take pictures or video. The planned iPad classroom sets allow for group collaboration; with students routinely sharing devices and resources while jointly producing content. The dedicated classroom devices foster an ever evolving advancement toward transforming learning with technology through daily access to devices in each classroom. The expansive number of free and low cost software apps available for early learners produces a comprehensive set of learning tools for our teaching staff and students.
WAPS students will be well-prepared to accept the responsibility of maintaining their own technology device. They will be educated on the acceptable and appropriate use of their device. All students and parents will be required to sign an acceptable use agreement when receiving the Chromebook. All of the Chromebooks will be covered by a warranty and limited accidental damage protection. Parents will also be offered an optional device protection plan to cover any expenses (not covered by the warranty) that may have resulted from negligent damage, loss or theft of the device. The full details of the acceptable use agreement and the device protection plan can be found in the Chromebook Handbook.
Sustainable funding is crucial to long term success while maximizing the benefits of several key TL21 initiative components. K-12 school districts fund 1:1 technology initiatives in a variety of ways. Funding sources for 1:1 technology initiatives include resources such as state, local, and federal funds, shifts in current operating budgets, retiring current technology resources, grants, donations, fundraising, levies and referendums.
Management of the classroom by the teachers will need to be adjusted for the Chromebooks. It is everyone’s responsibility as parents and educators to teach children about the proper use of technology, responsible use of the Internet, cyberbullying, safety and copyright issues. Students will be required to complete their work just as before. Students will use their Chromebooks for projects and purposeful work as they take control of their learning. Some students will use the technology inappropriately. These instances will be handled on an individual basis according to the disciplinary actions in place at our schools.
All students in grades 3-12 will be required to use a Chromebook while at school, just as they are currently required to use textbooks. Students will also be able to take the Chromebook home in order to extend the learning beyond the school day. Parents/guardians may elect for their student to not take the device home. For those students, a device will be provided for use during the school day. Those students will check in/out a device from the school media center each day. The student will have the same requirements and expectations to complete the coursework as those students taking the device home each day.
Students can easily connect to any Wi-Fi system at home or other publicly accessible Wi-Fi connections. However, we know from surveying our students that not everyone has Internet access at home. Internet access will not be a requirement for students to complete all of their school work. Much of the work can be done without the Internet. Students can download content from to their device and work “offline”. The school media centers and common areas will also be open for students before and after school. There are several locations around Winona that offer free Wi-Fi. Hiawatha Broadband Communications is also offering affordable Internet access to WAPS families.
CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) is a federal requirement for all K-12 schools to filter Internet access for minors and block inappropriate content. WAPS is required to filter all district provided Internet access. WAPS will also continue to filter school issued devices even when the computer is connected to the Internet outside of school. However, no filtering software will block 100% of questionable content. It is ultimately the parent/guardian responsibility to monitor student Internet use at home.
The use of the district provided Chromebooks is a key instructional tool for our schools. When all students are using the same device, it allows the instructors to focus on learning and teaching and not technical issues caused by a multitude of device types being used in the classroom. Just as we require all students to use the same textbook for a course, the same principle applies for a 1:1 learning device. Use of a standard device will allow us to monitor use at school, manage the devices effectively and establish applications that students will use for course work. Students may be permitted occasional use of personal devices at their instructor’s discretion, however personal devices may not be used in lieu of the district issued Chromebook.
Parents and guardians will utilize their online Campus Portal account to complete an annual registration process through the district's Online Registration system. This process must be completed annually in order for student(s) to be assigned a Chromebook computer.
For parents/guardians of students in grades 6-12, part of this annual Online Registration process will be to review and agree to the terms outlined in the Chromebook Handbook. Parents will also be given a choice of participating in an optional Chromebook Protection Plan which provides safeguards against damages, loss or theft of the Chromebook. Details on this optional plan can be found in the Chromebook Handbook.
If you have not accessed your Campus Portal account or would like assistance with this process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-494-0820. Computer kiosks are also available for your use at all WAPS schools.
Infinite Campus is the district’s core student information management system. It is used to maintain a wide variety of student data relating to schedules, calendars, grading, attendance, demographics, health & nutrition data, behavior, special education, assessment data, state/federal reporting and automated messaging. Infinite Campus provides parents and students with access to student and family information via a secure online portal. Learn more here.
Google Apps is a core suite of communication and collaboration applications that allow students to work from any device on documents and projects. An “office suite” of tools - Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more - that offers the ability to work from any device as well as share and collaborate. Because all Google Apps save to the cloud, teachers and students gain the flexibility to work from any computer or device. Students and teachers can seamlessly save work and collaborate. Learn more here.
Schoology is a learning management system (LMS) for K-12 schools that allows users to create, manage, and share content and resources. The cloud-based platform provides tools to manage any classroom or blended learning environment. The service includes attendance records, online gradebook, tests and quizzes, and homework dropboxes. The social media interface facilitates collaboration among a class, a group, or a school. Learn more here.