What if every child started out their first day at school on a level academic playing field? The Kent School District is taking steps to do just this with its ‘One Student-One Device’ program. In an effort to give students access to advanced technology and devices, they became an early adopter of Windows 10, piloting the new operating system in four of its K-12 schools over this past school year.
Major OS upgrades are never easy, but according to CIOs and IT executives, the move to Windows 10 is the smoothest Microsoft OS transition in years, even if most of them are taking their time with the deployments.
Schools from all over Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington came to visit the Kent School District to get an up-close look at the district's one-to-one program. The program will provide one computer for all 27,000 students by 2019.
The Kent School District has a high-tech monitoring system that can track Internet activity from any user on its Wi-Fi network, a tool that has helped find the sources of online bullying or bomb threats.
Providing a device for every student doesn’t require a huge staff or an impossible amount of funding — and you don’t have to figure out everything before you’ve begun. But it does call for vision, planning and commitment, as these experts will attest.
Every day, students whose families speak among 138 different languages learn together in the classrooms at Kent School District in Washington. To address the linguistic and economic challenges for the 27,000 K12 students—the majority of whom receive free or reduced price lunch—administrators have worked hard to build innovative language and technology programs.
For one day every January, the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington, is packed with kids, teachers, families, and businesspeople checking out the technological learning going on in the classrooms of Kent School District.
Dedicated leaders in Kent, Washington are working together to ensure students receive an education that prepares them to be successful in a global workforce. When students come to school in Kent, they don’t have to “power down.” Instead, they have access to technology throughout the school day.
To connect these varied cultures with quality learning opportunities, Kent began a comprehensive one-to-one plan for all grades in 2005, with each student receiving a laptop to take home. But given the district’s demographics and low income levels, it is not a given that students have Internet access to connect for 24/7 access to learning. That’s why Kent is extending that access into the communities that need it most.
The Kent School District has a three point plan to make sure everyone has access to a computer and the internet. They first start with the kids. Once a student enters the 7th grade, they get a laptop. It’s their computer until they graduate high school and they even get to take it home with them.
To implement comprehensive, instructionally sound, student-centered education programs, the district depends on technology to support, extend, and help individualize learning opportunities for all students.