Broken Arrow Public Schools expanding 1:1 technology program to all eighth graders 2018-19 school year
For the new school year, Broken Arrow Public Schools is expanding its one-to-one (1:1) computer program to all five middle schools as every eighth grade student will be provided their own Chromebook to use for assignments at school and at home. These Chromebooks are being re-purposed from the current senior class and were originally paid for by instructional technology bond funds.
With this expansion, the district’s middle schools will be among the few in the Tulsa metro area with a 1:1 program.
“Because our 9th through 12th grade students have been utilizing the 1:1 program for a few years now with great gains in students learning and engagement, we felt there was no better time to introduce the devices to all eighth graders,” BAPS Digital Learning Facilitator Brandon Chitty said. “This success sparks continued growth to enhance teaching and learning through student 1:1 devices. We are excited to be able to offer our blended learning model to our eighth graders.”
Last fall, Sequoyah Middle School conducted a pilot “one-to-stay” program with 10 teachers, meaning they were provided a designated Chromebook but could not take it home. Next, the school piloted a schoolwide 1:1 program to evaluate if it should be expanded to all Broken Arrow middle schools.
“We studied the shift in teacher and student experience during the pilot program and found students were more engaged in the content and teachers found more joy and productivity in their work,” said Chitty. “Teachers are eager for the students to have devices to go home so the learning does not have to stay inside the four walls of their classrooms.”
While the goals of the program are to enhance student computer literacy, digital citizenship, and college and career readiness, Sequoyah teachers were energized by a new way to instruct.
“This program has opened so many new teaching aids and different opportunities for students to learn,” Sequoyah math teacher Andi Pendergraft said. “Lesson planning is fun and more effective!”
The district hopes to eventually expand its 1:1 program to include sixth and seventh graders as devices become available.
An insurance program has been established that covers repair and replacement for the student’s Chromebook as well as HelpDesk support. The insurance program is voluntary, but families are highly encouraged to participate. To purchase insurance, visit www.baschools.org/insurance.
To learn more about the 1:1 program, visit www.baschools.org/1to1.