Westminster School District’s 1:1 Chromebook Initiative for All K – 8th Grade students
Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Westminster School District has provided more than 9,200 Chromebooks to students and teachers in grades K-8. The goal of the 1:1 program is to support and enhance instruction and to promote collaboration, communication and creativity through 21st century teaching and learning.
Our new technology directly supports the implementation of Common Core and SBAC testing. In conjunction with the rollout, the Education Technology Department has conducted numerous trainings for staff and students on the Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, Haiku and more. Through these new initiatives, teachers can find and share Common Core resources, as well as create blended learning experiences and environments for their students.
To support 21st century learning, the district has also authored detailed Common Core units of study for the benefit of both teachers and students. All of these innovations align with the district’s mission to prepare all students to be responsible, resilient, resourceful and productive world citizens in a changing and diverse society.
After our first year of technology implementation, our department created an i4 program initiative to begin instituting the use of blended learning principles inside of the classroom. Over 80 teachers participated in our program's first year, and there are now over 100 teachers in year 2, with 35 teachers on the waiting list to join the program in 2017-2018. The program initiative has given teachers the wherewithal to try more challenging and exciting things inside of their classroom, such as balanced instructional models, 21st century classroom learning spaces, and providing individual student feedback on a regular basis.