Technology
1:1

Introduction

As a component of our district’s comprehensive plan, the Great Valley School District (GVSD) is implementing a one to one (1:1) technology program.  Research indicates that the implementation of an effective 1:1 program results in increased engagement, decreased dropout rates, and gains in student achievement. The use of 1:1 technology helps teachers to develop a more student-centered learning experience.  In addition, a 1:1 program assures greater equity as all students have access to the same resources in the classroom and at home.

 
With a long-term goal of providing iPads to every student in the district, our implementation plan includes a gradual rollout of devices.  All of our devices will be on a four-year refresh cycle, which means that students will have the same devices for grades 5-8, and then will receive new devices for grades 9-12.
 
Students in grades 5 and 9 will receive devices in the 2016-2017 school year. These students will keep their devices for four years.  When this cohort of grade 5 students concludes grade 8, they will return their devices and receive a new device at the beginning of grade 9.  Over time, we will also provide a classroom set of devices for students in grade K-4.  Please refer to the chart below for a more in-depth look at how the rollout is structured. The chart shows which grade levels will have iPads in the coming years; by 2020-2021, all students in K-12 will have a district-issued device.
 

School Year

Elementary

Middle

School

High

School

2016-2017

5th

 

9th

2017-2018

5th

6th

9th, 10th

2018-2019

4th, 5th

6th, 7th

9th, 10th, 11th

2019-2020

3rd, 4th, 5th

6th, 7th, 8th

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

2020-2021

K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

6th, 7th, 8th

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

 *Note: This schedule is subject to change.

 

This plan enables the Teaching and Learning Department to provide targeted support to educators and students in grades 5 and 9 during the 2016-2017 school year.  As student cohorts move into the next grade level, we will extend our support for teachers in those grades as well.
 
It is the policy of GVSD to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible use of digital technology. The 1:1 program is an excellent opportunity for students to learn how to safely and responsibly maintain the resources provided by the district.  Parents and guardians are asked to partner with us in ensuring that students are aware of the guidelines and policies related to the 1:1 program.  This document shares the district expectations for the 1:1 program. Please read it and discuss it with your student(s).
 
 
 
 
iPad
 
 

Additional Information

Introduction

Device Ownership

Device Fee

Device Care

Device Security

Device Use

Device FAQs

Parent and Guardian Responsibilities
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