Conceptual Approval of a Plan to Support the Development of a One-to-One Computing Environment and
Approval of a District Negotiated Financing Arrangement for One-to One Devices with a Third Party Vendor
The School Committee has had several presentations from the JFK Technology Planning Steering Committee (1:1 Committee) and is aware of the desire to move toward a "every student her/his own device" 1:1 classroom environment. In the course of this year-long discussion, 1:1 computing has moved significantly into the center of public attention as numerous school districts, locally and around the country, have moved or are planning to move in this direction and as tablets have gained market share among different computing devices.
What began as a "JFK-New Building" plan has evolved to a broader perspective of our entire district and what is needed for the future. What began as a single device concept for the Middle School, broadened to a multiple device perspective through public conversations and to a some extent, the experience of other districts. The Steering Committee integrated the public dialogue into its planning, the result of which you have before you in the form of the 1:1 Goals document, implementation timetable (plan), the listing of recommended devices for piloting at JFK next year (these will change as devices change) and the draft Student Agreement.
The future is, more than ever, a moving target, given the rate of change in technology and culture. Plans will always need to be adjusted to meet changing circumstances. The ability to fund what we would like to do tomorrow in regard to technology infrastructure will always be an issue. Approval by the School Committee to move in this direction of the development of 1:1 capacities at each school is a first step in setting a plan in motion. School Committee approval to engage with third party vendors to arrange financing for devices (Apple and Android) will help to create ownership pathways for families in our District.