The world that our students live in and explore has been impacted greatly by technology. LGMS will provide opportunities to learn using 21st century skills to acquire knowledge for a changing world inside and out of school.
To accomplish this vision, LGMS is proposing that all students in grade 8 bring a personal laptop with them to school on a daily basis. This is known as 1:1 Learning.
What is the value of every student having a laptop?
Current research into 1:1 laptop programs finds the following benefits:
- ability to formatively assess learning;
- ability to individualize instruction;
- capacity for self-guided pacing;
- ability to access online resources;
- capacity for student interaction and collaboration; and
- capacity for networked communication and materials management.
Dunleavy M., Dexter S., Heinecke W.F. (2007) What added value does a 1:1 student to laptop ratio bring to technology-supported teaching and learning? Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. Volume 23, Issue 5, pages 440452, October 2007
Alberta Education completed a three year study of the impact of 1:1 in Alberta schools. Called the Emerge Project, the project found
Emerge students became more expert in the use of technology to augment their learning through increased engagement in complex thinking and inquiry learning, informed access to Internet-based context and resources, diverse online communications, and student development of technology-based projects that demonstrated their learning.
School Council Presentation
At a School Council meeting on May 9, 2012, Lee Luders and Sonja Howatt presented our staff recommendation for laptop computer use for all grade 8 students starting in September 2012. This initiative is referred to as1:1 Learning. Our reasons and rationale for this recommendation were outlined as well as how it will impact student learning and classroom instruction in the future. We then allowed parents to ask questions. Full meeting minutes.
Letter to Grade 7 Parents
On June 7th a letter was sent home to parents.
When: Tuesday June 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: LGMS Common Area
All grade 7 parents are invited to attend an information evening and will be given the opportunity to provide feedback related to our proposal for 1:1 Learning.
We value your input into the 1:1 proposal for LGMS. Please email Brian Wityshyn, at firstname.lastname@example.org