So, Guilford County Schools was one of 16 school districts in the country to win a federal “Race to the Top” grant giving us $30 million to spend on tablets, data subscriptions, and training for all our middle school students. From what we’ve heard half of the middle schools will get the tablets next year and the other half the next. I don’t know what will happen the following year for incoming 6th graders. It would make sense that additional money would need to be allocated to keep tablets coming for those kids also each year but who knows? We don’t know what kind of tablets they will be but we’re pretty excited. It will change the way we teach for sure–at least it will for me. What a great boon to know that every child will have a tablet with Internet access. I have to get my course on Moodle or something now so students can submit work digitally and we can get away from paper for the most part.
I would love to hear from others with a 1:1 program in their schools and how having these tablet has changed your classroom in a positive way. I know there are challenges such as students wanting to play games and be off task in that way but I know there have to be so many great things about students having their own devices too.