Posted Date: 01/18/2021
LISD knows that student success relies on technology. By improving students' education and fulfilling the 1:1 Initiative of each student having an electronic device, LISD is meeting the challenges of today's ever-changing technology. LISD's goal is to build the bridge and have each enrolled student an electronic device to access the Internet, learn on apps, find digital course materials, use digital textbooks, and shift instructional practices to focus on 21st-century skills. We start at LABC with iPads and move up to laptops and Chromebooks to individualize learning, increase student engagement, and improve equity. LIS and LMS both received new Chromebooks this week to aid in their learning process. Several research studies have found that 1:1 programs enhance student achievement in writing, problem-solving, reading, and math. Others have found that 1:1 programs decrease achievement gaps between socioeconomic groups and students with varied learning abilities and shift how students learn by increasing student engagement with course content and learning assessments. Students involved in technology programs also develop information literacy and digital communication skills. There are positive impacts on teaching practices, as well. Studies show that teachers shift from whole-class teaching to more individualized instruction and student-centered learning. A huge thank you goes out to Jaime Rubalcava, Damien Neiland, Darrin Lawless, Terri White, Heidi Blair, and all the technology personnel that made this happen flawlessly. Thank you, LISD, for always making sure our students achieve and are ready and able to take on 21st-century learning expectations!