One-to-one technology initiative announced for fall 2016

March 1, 2016

Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer
Jmoberle@dps.k12.oh.us
For Immediate Release

Dayton Public Schools announced a major one-to-one technology initiative today that will make Chromebooks available to every student in grades three through eight during the school day. The computer devices will be in classrooms August 2016, following a demonstration project that begins this month at three pilot schools.

The demonstration project kicked off at 10 a.m. on March 11 with the distribution of Chromebooks to students at Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy, 1923 W. Third St.

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Selected classrooms at Dayton Boys Preparatory Academy, River's Edge Montessori PreK-6 School, and Belmont High School are integrating one-to-one technology into core subject teaching and learning, from March through the end of the current school year.

In alignment with the district's academic plan, the one-to-one technology initiative will become part of everyday teaching and learning in reading, math, science, and social studies during the first phase of implementation at the start of the 2015-16 school year.

"Technology-enhanced instruction empowers students to personalize their learning in a way that engages and motivates them. We believe an effective use of one-to-one technology will help us realize our mission of ensuring our students are successful in a global society," Superintendent Lori Ward said.

"We have been working hard to implement this strategic initiative. For DPS the one-to-one technology initiative is not some fad, but the most potent tool to increase equity, bridge the digital and achievement gap, improve learning, and better prepare our students for college and careers," Dayton Board of Education President Adil Baguirov said.

Teachers participating in Phase One, beginning August 2016, will receive training and professional development in the late spring and summer 2016. Phase Two, which provides devices to all DPS high school students in grades nine through 12, begins August 2017.

DPS is committed to providing access to technology and online educational resources that expand teaching and learning opportunities and equip students to navigate how and what they learn.

Research indicates that technology can result in higher student achievement, especially when supported by extensive training and professional development and the delivery of a rigorous curriculum.

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