Westminster School District’s 1:1 Chromebook Initiative for All K – 8th Grade Students
Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Westminster School District provided more than 9,200 Chromebooks to students and teachers in grades K-8. The intent of 1:1 Chromebooks was to directly support the implementation of Common Core and to provide digital device for the adaptive SBAC testing. The goal of the 1:1 program was also to support and enhance instruction and to promote collaboration, communication and creativity through 21st century teaching and learning through Google Apps for Education.
The Educational Technology Department began professional learning with Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, and Haiku. These tech resources provided teachers the ability to share Common Core resources and an introduction to blended learning experiences.
To support 21st century learning, district staff began designing Common Core units of study. These efforts aligned with the district’s mission to prepare all students to be responsible, resilient, resourceful and productive world citizens in a changing and diverse society.
2015-2017 - i4 Initiative begins
After the first year of technology implementation, the educational technology department created the 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. The i4 began focusing on balanced instructional models with technology, ways of modifying learning environments, and providing individual student feedback during instruction.
Today the i4 program has grown to a cohort of over 150 teachers. The program provides inspiration, innovation, implementation, and impact strategies with professional learning opportunities and job-embedded classroom support with educational technology coaches.