The Role of TechnologyOne to the World is an instructional initiative, not a technology initiative. Nonetheless, technology would provide important support. Using technology allows students to improve the quality of their work and amplify the impact of their work. When appropriate, students use technology to connect with the world (to valuable tools and information; to others with whom they collaborate; and to audience beyond the teacher).
Schools would continue to purchase electronic devices for student use. This would include a combination of desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, and tablets. The division currently maintains an average ratio of one device for every 3.6 students. This ratio could vary from year to year depending on availability of resources.
With Bring-Your-Own-Technology (BYOT), students at participating schools could bring personally owned electronic devices to school for learning. Examples of “Internet-ready” devices that students might bring include laptops, netbooks, tablets, cell phones, and e-readers.
- One to the World is not BYOT. BYOT supports One to the World. However, BYOT also supports other effective teaching and learning practices, even when that teaching and learning does not involve each of the four essential elements of One to the World student work.
- BYOT will be phased in beginning in the second semester of the 2014-15 school year.
- Schools that implement BYOT would continue to provide school-owned devices for student use. Also, all instructional staff would ensure that every student has the opportunity to participate in any instructional activity that includes technology through careful planning and delivery of lessons. We could consider purchasing additional devices for student use at schools with greater proportions of students from low-income families.
- Schools participating in BYOT would implement the nationally-recognized Digital Citizenship curriculum available through Common Sense Media. Participating schools would earn Digital Citizenship Certification as a result of implementation of the Common Sense curriculum.