- The pilot programs at the high schools have only been in place for a few months, and beginning our deployment at middle schools will give high schools an additional year with their pilot programs. This process will also allow more time for high schools to prepare and plan for the use of digital learning in their classrooms. Middle schools have had pilot classes for over one year. If middle school mobile labs can be freed up as part of the device deployment, we may be able to provide an additional pilot classroom for each high school during the 2016/2017 school year.
- More than 70% of the high school classes are comprised of students from different grade levels. Providing devices to all high school students at the same time will ensure that all students in a classroom will have access to a digital learning device.
- Beginning the deployment with middle grade students will allow more focus on evaluation and selection of content and digital resources for specific grade levels. Middle schools have fewer courses to consider during this process. Experiences learned from this process will guide the school division the following year as it seeks to acquire digital content for high school courses.
- Deployment at the middle grades will involve fewer devices than deployment at the high school. Again, this will provide an experience with the deployment process on a smaller scale. There are approximately 2,700 middle school students in RCPS. There are approximately 3,400 high school students in the division.
All middle and high school teachers will receive their own device at the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year. Middle school students will not receive their devices until later in the school year. High school teachers will have their devices for over a year before the high school students will receive their devices. This will afford them additional time to practice and prepare with the device.
The device decision for middle and high schools will be made in May of 2016. The school division is considering Chromebooks, iPads, and Macbook Airs. The device decision for elementary schools will be made at the conclusion of the elementary pilot projects, which will begin during the 2016/2017 school year.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Larry F. Shifflett
Director of Innovation and Learning
Director of Information Management