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1:1 Learning with Technology

High School

Program Overview

We are excited to continue the rollout of our 1:1 Initiative to the class of 2023.  Our teachers have been creating digital resources to support and enhance their classroom teaching and the district has ensured that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support their efforts.  Seven years ago we initiated the 1:1 program and have found that our students are more deeply engaged, collaborating more effectively, developing stronger writing abilities and having greater success in their courses.

Educational research indicates that when 1:1 initiatives are effectively planned and implemented, the following outcomes are realized:

  • Students in 1:1 program outperform non-laptop students on standardized statewide achievement tests;
  • Students engage in more higher-order reasoning and critical analysis during school activities, and collaborate more with their teachers;
  • Learners participate in more problem-based and project-based learning activities, and develop stronger 21st Century skills; and
  • Teachers report higher levels of student engagement.

 

Timeline

Program Timeline

February 7th, 2019

1:1 Registration opens for all 8th grade students

March 28th

1:1 Informational Session – 8th Grade Parent Night – Hopkinton High School

Decide how you want to participate, complete all paperwork

April

Online registration closes – 1:1 Participation forms and 1st payment is due

May

All lease payments for grades 9-12 are due by May 2nd.

June

Bid approvals by School Committee

Apple processes order and begins shipping laptops

July

Hopkinton technicians receive laptops and begin imaging them

August

9th grade orientation – Laptop distribution and training

Participation Options

Participation Options:

Option 1

Lease an Apple MacBook Air computer through the school’s four-year lease program at a cost of approximately $534 for year 1 and a total estimated cost of $1610. Please keep in mind these are estimates based on last year’s pricing, we will have final pricing once we award the bid to Apple. If a student leases a laptop, s/he will have access to it as if it were his/her own and s/he could take it home with him/her each day, but the school will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the device. In addition, the purchase price includes 4 years of accidental damage protection. All service will be directed through the HS Tech Center and loaners will be provided to students while leased computers are being serviced. The laptop will come pre-loaded with a variety of software titles that students will use in their classes. At the end of four years, parents will have the choice of turning the laptop back in to the school or buying out the lease for a fee of $1.00 plus tax.

Option 2

BYOD -Bring your own laptop to school with you.  We know from our recent survey that some students already have their own laptops.  If a student or parent feels more comfortable providing their own laptop, they can do this in lieu of leasing from the school.  A list of the types of software that students will need if they bring their own device can be found on the 1-1 website listed below.  Please be aware, however, that if students bring their own laptops, classroom teachers and technology personnel may not be able to help them troubleshoot issues that occur, so students should feel very comfortable using their own devices.

Option 3

Student Use –  If a student does not lease a laptop from the district or bring his/her own, we will provide laptops for those students to use during the day in classes and to use for homework outside of school. Students will be responsible for keeping these devices safe and in good working order. These devices will be collected during the summers for maintenance and additional repairs.

Registration Process

Registration Process

Please Register for the 1:1 Program Online. Online registration is the district’s preferred method of enrollment because of the amount of data we need to collect. If you need assistance completing the form or need access to a device please contact the technology department. In order to register your student, you must use the PowerSchool account you created. You will find the 1:1 registration link within PowerSchool’s Parent Portal.

Action Steps:

  1. Read the opening letter and discuss the options as a family
  2. Create a PowerSchool Account if you have not done so.
  3. Log in to PowerSchool, click on “1:1 Registration” and complete the online form.
  4. Sign all waivers and lease documents towards the end of the online form.
  5. Submit a payment at the Unipay site(Class of 2023 1 of 4) or mail a check to the Administration Building, the initial payment is $534.00 made payable to "Hopkinton Public Schools" and is due April 2nd, 2019

Middle School

Welcome to the Middle School 1:1 page

Teachers are actively using GSuite for Education and we are well invested in our 1:1 program.  We are exploring new content opportunities with BreakoutEDU, Google Expeditions and our new app Jamboard.  Our 1:1 program began in 2014 with a few Chromebook carts and now our whole school has Chromebooks. Our teachers have been creating digital resources to support and enhance their classroom teaching and the district has ensured that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support their efforts.

In 2013 we initiated the 1:1 program at the high school and have found that our students are more deeply engaged, collaborating more effectively, developing stronger writing abilities and having greater success in their courses. Educational research indicates that when 1:1 initiatives are effectively planned and implemented, the following outcomes are realized:

  • Students in 1:1 programs outperform non-laptop students on standardized statewide achievement tests;
  • Students engage in more higher-order reasoning and critical analysis during school activities, and collaborate more with their teachers;
  • Learners participate in more problem-based and project-based learning activities, and develop stronger 21st Century skills; and
  • Teachers report higher levels of student engagement.

Elementary Schools

Our elementary students are provided access to a variety of devices as they progress through the elementary schools. From iPads to Chromebooks, teachers are mindful of the quantity of time and quality of learning that transpires with the help of technology. Students are presented with developmentally appropriate applications through a custom web portal called Clever. Take a peek at the snapshots to see how technology might be used at each school.

Device Snapshosts

Marathon School (Grades PK-1)

Each student pre-kindergarten through Grade 1 has access to an iPad in the classroom. iPads in the early elementary setting may be used to engage groups of students in learning centers, to create stories, to experiment with block-based coding, or to provide individualized practice on learning applications in a whole-class 1:1 setting.

Elmwood School (Grades 2-3)

Students in Grades 2 and 3 have access to shared Chromebook carts (1 cart per 2 classrooms). Students may use the Chromebooks to create using GSuite for Education applications like Google Docs and Google Slides, to research, to communicate through Seesaw, to practice typing skills, to create books, or to practice targeted learning skills on educational applications. Each classroom also has a set of six iPads.

Hopkins School (Grades 4-5)

Each student in Grades 4 and 5 are assigned a Chromebook to be used in the classroom. Students may access assignments through Google Classroom and create content using the GSuite for Education apps like Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sites, and Google Drawings. Students both research to consume content as well as create educational content with their peers using video editors, book creating apps, coding apps and 3D design tools to name a few.

Clever Portal

Students access their learning applications through a customized portal called Clever. Students sign into the Hopkinton Public School Clever site using their Hillers Google account and are taken to approved applications that are just right for them. Some Clever tiles on the individualized dashboard called Instant Login Applications will use the Clever credentials to automatically sign students in while other Additional Apps may require students to enter another username and password. The student dashboard also provides access to teacher pages where they may find resources hand-picked by their teachers.