Chromebooks in Cornfields: Going 1:1 in Rural Schools
Listen and learn : Lecture
Monday, June 24, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Embracing technology in a geographically isolated rural district presents many challenges but also many opportunities. Hear how our district chose to focus on the opportunities presented by technology implementation and how we overcame the challenges of going 1:1 in a small district spanning 200 miles of cornfield in Illinois.
|Audience:||Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||BYOD/1:1 instructional programs|
|Subject area:||STEM/STEAM, Computer science|
|ISTE Standards:||For Administrators:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
This presentation is intended to advocate for and assist with technology implementation in rural school districts. We will list and describe challenges that are unique to rural school districts, as well as offer solutions for these challenges and tips for prevention. As a result, educational leaders will know how to gain the approval of stakeholders for technology implementation, ensure digital equity among all students served, and maintain necessary infrastructure to support technology integration. Evidence of success will be provided in the form of photos and examples of student technology presentations to legislators at the state capitol.
(10 min.) Introduction/ Advocacy: Presenter will introduce themself, provide background, describe the importance of this initiative.
(40 min.) Topic Discussion: The challenges and opportunities of 1:1 implementation in rural school districts will be listed and described along with suggestions to gain the approval of stakeholders for technology implementation, ensure digital equity among all students served, and maintain necessary infrastructure to support technology integration.
(10 min.) Open discussion/ Questions: Participants will be invited to ask questions of the presenter. This will allow the presenter to comment on unique circumstances that might not have been covered in the presentation.
Penn State College of Education, Center on Rural Education and Communities: Technology for Rural Schools
EDTech Magazine, Rural Districts Face Challenges and Opportunities with Technology Access by Marie Bjerede
The Hechinger Report: Bridging the digital divide in America’s rural schools by Sarah Butrymowicz https://hechingerreport.org/content/bridging-the-digital-divide-in-americas-rural-schools_8826/