Our technology driven world presents many new challenges and opportunities for students and teachers. In Argo’s classrooms, our teachers continue to find innovative ways to use technology to improve student learning. We are excited to announce that in February, we will issue a touchscreen computer to about 200 students to determine the benefits of school-issued computers.
Through our One-2-One Learning Project, Argo will issue a touchscreen computer to a group of Argo teachers and their students to use at school and at home. As with all students, our goals are to promote student growth, individualize instruction, develop digital literacy, and improve access to instructional materials. Through this small trial project, we will further research the impact that personalized computing has on instruction. The progress of this project will be closely monitored to determine whether to expand the use of this type of technology throughout the entire school in the future.
The video below was created to help see how this technology can be used in our school. We also have a list of questions and answers about our One-2-One Learning Project that may help further explain this exciting new initiative. These FAQ's will be continuously updated to address any new questions we come across along the way.
What is One-2-One Learning Project?
It is a program where touchscreen computers are issued to students with the goal of determining the benefits of school-issued computers on student learning.
What kind of device will be issued?
The Technology Committee at ACHS has selected the Microsoft Surface 3 (Windows touchscreen computer).
Why did ACHS choose the Microsoft Surface 3?
The choice was driven by a set of defined student and teacher needs, including but not limited to: various educational programs, inking capabilities (touchscreen with a stylus), battery life, ease of use, boot-up speed, a wealth of educational and creative apps, teacher and student familiarity with the apps, ease of management, and accessibility features for students with various learning needs. Our Tech Committee and Technology Department tested many devices and platforms from all of the major manufacturers (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Apple). Based on these elements, along with the limitations of the other devices, we chose the Microsoft Surface 3.
How will you evaluate the success of the program?
Data will be collected to evaluate the success of this program which will include parent, teacher, student, and administrator surveys. The district will also study the cost of ownership and the long-term financial impact of this program.
What has ACHS done in preparation for the One-2-One Learning Project?
ACHS has been making preparations for the One-2-One Learning Project as part of the 2011-2016 Technology Plan, which includes the following:
Office365 rollout for students (e-mail, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive, SharePoint, etc.)
Implemented Canvas (online access to class schedules, assessments, and homework)
Upgraded infrastructure (Increased data speeds, protection, and hardware to accommodate the increase in daily use)
Upgraded the content filter (Student internet access will be filtered on the devices both at school and at home)
Expanded our wireless systems to handle more devices at higher speeds
Fitted classrooms with wireless, and touch sensitive projectors
Migrated student and teacher databases to the cloud (allows for work to be easily taken home)
Providing ongoing training to the staff to meet the technological changes
When will the devices be issued?
All students from the selected classes will receive their device during the week of February 1st, 2016. The devices will be issued in the classroom that was chosen to participate.
May I take the device home?
Yes. Students who were issued devices should take their devices home not only for school work but also to charge them. Students will be required to keep them and transport them safely in the protective case provided by the district.
What do I do if my device is lost or stolen?
If your child's device is lost or damaged, you or your child must report it immediately to ACHS. Please use the form on the website, located under “One-2-One Learning Project.” You can also contact the LRC (Learning Resource Center) at your earliest convenience.
Will I be able to connect to the Internet at home?
Parents may allow their child to connect to the Internet at home and outside of school. Students will be bound by the same policies, procedures, and guidelines as at school (see the Device User Agreement and Student Handbook).
What control do I have of the device at home?
At home the parent is in charge. Parents have the right to make the rules as to when your child can use the device at home.
Will I need the Internet to use the device at home?
While it may be easier to do some of the work with access to the Internet, it is not required. Students will be able to download most of the information they need onto their device to work on at home. In addition, they will be able to upload completed assignments at school during the start of the school day.
Is there any software preinstalled on the device?
All devices come preloaded with Windows 10 Operating System and the following applications: Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, OneNote, OneDrive and Outlook), Adobe Reader, and Geometer’s Sketchpad. Additional software/apps will be loaded as needed, per the teacher’s request.
Can parents use the device?
While the devices are meant for student use, we encourage parents to explore and learn alongside their children. We also encourage parents to check the devices on a regular basis to see how their students are using them.
Will there be internet access filters on the devices?
ACHS uses software designed to block access to certain sites and filter content as required by statute. The content filter is applied both at school and at home. ACHS is aware that not all inappropriate information can be filtered and the district will make an effort to correct any known gaps in the filtering of information without unduly inhibiting the educational use of age appropriate content by staff and students. Users will inform teachers or administrators of any inadvertent access to inappropriate material, in order that there is appropriate modification of the filtering profile. ACHS educates students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking Web sites and in chat rooms including cyber bullying awareness/response.
Can I install additional software/games/etc.?
No. All required software needs to be installed by ACHS Technology Department.
All participating students will receive a soft carrying case with the following: Microsoft Surface tablet, charging adapter with cable, stylus and detachable keyboard.
What if I forget to bring my device to school or forget to recharge it?
Your teachers will provide you with other tools to use during the school day so that you can still participate in the classroom activities and lessons. However, it is an expectation that you will bring your device fully charged to school every day.
How will we receive technical assistance?
Students can stop by the LRC before/after school for assistance during the year. Please see the website (argohs.net) for hours of operation/availability.