Successful one-to-one digital device program further engages students, levels the playing field for all
Connect2Learn, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s one-to-one Chromebook program, is entering its second year and continuing to broaden learning while supporting the individual needs of each student. The program began last August when more than 17,500 Google Chromebooks were distributed to all students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Students turned in Chromebooks at the end of the previous school year and received the same devices again during August in preparation for 2016-17.
“We have appreciated the enthusiasm and support we’ve received from our staff members, students and their families,” said Dr. Kevin Daniel, associate superintendent of instruction and leadership. “Thanks to an outstanding team effort as well as Board of Education support, students have a clear understanding of the importance of this new learning tool and are able to learn both in and beyond the classroom.”
In addition to enhancing learning and critical thinking, Connect2Learn provides equitable access for all students — regardless of family resources. Through the use of the Chromebooks and the Google platform, teachers have an increased ability to electronically provide students with individual assignments or practice, increase student collaboration and offer immediate teacher feedback. Teachers complete comprehensive training related to Connect2Learn to help them design lessons that are empowering and engaging in the one-to-one environment.
During the past two years, the R-7 School has surveyed staff members and parents through the BrightBytes survey, designed to provide insights related to technology’s impact on improving student achievement. The survey used a numeric score and addresses four areas – classroom, access, skills and environment. After Connect2Learn’s first year, the district gained 2.5 percent. This type of growth is considered significantly above average, according to BrightBytes, an educational analysis organization.
Opportunities such as Google cardboard field trips and Google hangouts with students from across the world are another advantage of the one-to-one transition.
For more information about Connect2Learn, visit http://connect2learn.lsr7.org/. The website includes resources for students and parents including a frequently asked questions section.
Increasing access to all families
In addition, the R-7 School District is continuing to partner with EveryoneOn to increase home access to the Internet. EveryoneOn is a non-profit organization created to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service accessible to all. Through partnerships with Internet providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free Internet service or service for $9.95 per month for qualifying families and individuals. To learn more, visit EveryoneOn.org/lsr7, text “connect” to 215-45 or call (855) EVRY1ON.