What are they and why are they important?
To the Parents of the 7th Grade Students of Wondertopia Middle School,
I am here to present 1:1 classrooms to you and your kids. Now you may be wondering, what is a 1:1 classroom? A 1:1 classroom is when the school distributes a set of laptops, IPads, or IPhones to every classroom in the school. In some cases, the school is able to give each student technology, or just have a class set that stays in the classroom and students just work on apps where they can sign in and save their work. We are in the 21st century where technology has become a huge part of our children's world and there is no way around it. So, rather than trying to get rid of it and forcing kids to sit through a chalkboard lesson, why not step up to their level? I believing in reaching the students level of understand rather than forcing them to reach ours. The times have changed, so it's important for the schools to as well. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) works to provide equal learning opportunities for all students and focuses on 3 principles. The 3 principles are presenting information in a flexible manner, allowing creative, self-expression, and allowing flexible engagement. By turning classrooms into 1:1 environments, we can achieve these principles in every single classroom at St. Timothy and students will have the opportunity to learn so much more.
How You Can Help?
We will be implementing these new environments starting next school year. Therefore, you can be a major help to teachers, yourself, and your child by simply working with them this summer. It's important for children to know how to appropriately use technology. I know that as an adult, you may not be as in touch with the latest technology that your kids are into. Below is a link to the first chapter of Raising a Digital Child by Mike Ribble. If you find the first chapter helpful, I would highly recommend buying the book as well. It is a guide to helping your child become a pleasant digital citizen.
Benefits of 1:1 Classrooms
- More Classroom Engagement
- Global Collaboration
- Student Voice
- No Fights for the Computer Lab
- Build of Student Motivation & Confidence
- Teaches Responsibility
- More Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Authentic Learning
- Growth of Creative Thinking