"Do we want to keep going in the direction we've been going, buy these very expensive pieces of technology and use them the way we've always been, or did we want to totally redesign how we're going to use [technology] in the classroom?" said
Instead of updating its cart of 30 Macbook laptops, the school purchased 128 Chromebooks, the inexpensive notebook computers now used at the city's
Beginning next fall, the devices will be KCAPA's primary instructional resource for English/language arts, in grades 9-12, and social studies, in grades 10-12. Teachers will be expected to develop their own digital curricula, and students will be expected to formulate more of their own questions, conduct more independent research, and create their own content.
It will be the first inquiry-based 1-to-1 computing initiative in a
The duo talked to school leaders in
Seeking to spread their optimism,
"I think it's pretty eye-opening for them to see a student population that's so easy to compare with ours being super-mature in discussing the ideas behind their learning,"
Looming over the effort, though, is the district's ongoing financial crisis. If the budget ax falls again, the teachers who have been developing curricula, planning professional development, and figuring out logistics could be laid off, throwing months of planning out the window.
"We really believe that things will change from a resource standpoint, because they have to,"
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