Riverview Student-Issued Laptop Plan
*2017-2018 Tolt Middle School Student and Parent Laptop Handbook*
Riverview Student-Issued Laptop Plan
Student-issued devices offers many benefits to our modern day classroom and learner. Having laptops for all students to use in their classrooms and to take home allows them to access learning materials and engage in real-time inquiry as their questions arise. They can support project-based learning, allowing students to research, collaborate, and to produce a final product to share with teachers, peers, and parents. Having their own laptop can also help increase student engagement and improve organizational skills. And finally providing laptops for all students helps ensure equitable access to digital tools for all Riverview students.
In the spring of 2015 Riverview began a comprehensive process to examine the research and potential benefits of having all students in grades 6-12 have their own laptop. A pilot prorgam was started at Tolt Middle School in the fall of 2015 that provided in-class laptops for all students in 8th grade science and math classrooms. In addition, an advisory group was formed, made up of teachers, administrators, and with input from community members. Their task was to look at research and best practices of using technology in classrooms locally and nationally. Members of the group visited schools in 4 surrounding districts that have had comprehensive programs in place for a number of years. Areas observed that showed significant impact included:
- Equity for all students
- Greater access to technology as a classroom tool
- Student Engagement
- Student Learning
- Student Organization
- Student and Teacher Collaboration
- Student Future Work Place Skills
A 4-year plan was established in 2015 to achieve a goal of providing take home laptops for all students in grades 6-12 by the 2018-2019 school year.
The primary goals of the plan are to improve student learning, personalize and differentiate for each student’s needs, and provide equitable access for all students. Being able to take computers home further expands students’ ability to complete school work, research, and build organizational skills.
Additionally, the intent is to provide teachers and students with a consistent platform to use inside and outside the classroom. This program means a device is in the hands of students daily with all the same applications that teachers can count on for their technology integration.
All students will have the same tools aligned with teaching and designed to best support their learning. Having the same device also allows for consistency of technical support, software alignment, and added curriculum tools.Â And finally, accessing the school network and computer resources is also an opportunity to learn the responsibility of informed, ethical and responsible computer use.
In addition, the plan would provide in-class laptop carts for all students in grades 3 â€“ 5 for use in their classrooms by the 2018-2019 school year.
2016-2017 School Year
In the fall of 2016 the in-class laptop program was expanded to include 8 additional classrooms at Tolt and 16 classrooms at Cedarcrest. This provided in-class laptops for every student in all 8th grade core content areas (science, math, social studies, language arts) and all science, math, and 9th grade language arts areas at the high school.
In the elementary schools we provided additional laptop carts in all grades 3-5 classrooms and increased the use of iPads in all K-2 classrooms so as to continue to do integrated lessons connected to core curricular objectives.
2017-2018 School Year - 1:1 Laptop program coming to all Tolt 8th grade students in the fall of 2017
At the start of the 2017-2018 school year the Riverview School District will provide all Tolt 8th grade students a laptop to be used as an educational tool both at school and at home.
In addition 1:1 laptop carts will be provided to all 6th and 7th grade core content classrooms (science, math, social studies, and language arts) at Tolt and also into the same core classrooms, 9-12, at the high school.
2018-2019 school year
Riverview will complete the take home 1:1 laptop program for all students in grades 6-12. Also all students in grades 3 -5 will be in a 1:1 classroom environment.