Our teachers, students, families, and community members have been very supportive of this implementation. In 2009, middle school teachers completed a survey and responded overwhelmingly that the increased access to technology tools had a positive impact on their classrooms. The community support alone, made possible by the passing of three consecutive technology levies, shows that our community sees the unquestionable results of this program.
Kent School District’s One-to-One Laptop Program has been highlighted by several major organizations. As an education partner with Microsoft, KSD receives visitors from all over the world. In 2008, Kent School District was selected as a technology showcase site for the National School Board Association. During that conference, teachers, administrators, and school board members from around the nation saw firsthand the difference that technology makes in our schools. Also in 2008, KSD’s IT department was honored with a laureate award from The ComputerWorld Honors Program for its work sustaining a technology-rich environment.
If you would like to see the amazing changes that are happening in our classrooms, you can attend our annual Kent Technology Expo, where teachers and students share projects, presentations, and hands-on displays about the use of technology in their education. Also included in the event are local businesses and organizations who demonstrate the use of technology in their own fields. This event includes students in all grade levels and is attended by thousands of community members!
"Students are able to learn professional level program application while improving responsibility." – Mr. Christopher Louck
“The kids who used to check out before the tardy bell finished ringing now arrive early, ready to work knowing that they get to use laptops to demonstrate what they’ve learning. Consequently, student grades skyrocketed during our first laptop writing workshop unit!” – Ms. Cindy Higgins
“It’s like having an entire library of my own.” – Ben
"It makes learning fun!" – Cecilia
"Laptops help save paper. You don’t have to print something small and waste paper if it is something that you can get on your computer." – Aleks
"You can conveniently find information without having to go to the library." – Andrew
"It helps me stay organized. Before, I would lose my work and couldn’t keep track of my notes. Now, I can find everything easily, and my grades are better." – Charlie
"I think I’ve learned more since I started using a laptop. I can do more things with a simple assignment." – Brandon
"It has made me a better writer!" – Jackie