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Full One-To-One Implementation at Memorial Middle School
NewsIn July of 2012, Rockdale County Public School community members collaboratively built a visionary, county-wide strategic plan.  This plan prioritized meaningful integration of technology into student learning, and stressed the need to provide equitable opportunities for student use.  RCPS’s one-to-one initiative evolved from this plan.  Our county goal is to provide each fourth through twelfth-grade student with access to a laptop, and each Kindergarten through third grade classroom with a set of 10 iPads.  In addition, Special Education teachers and English Language Learning classrooms will receive a small group set of iPads to increase assistive technology intervention possibilities. 
 
These goals are already being met.  Phase I and II of the program, research and pilots, have been completed.  All Kindergarten through third grade classrooms, special education classrooms, and ELL classrooms were issued sets of iPads last year.  Rockdale County Magnet School, Memorial Middle School and Honey Creek Elementary School piloted Microsoft Windows tablets for all student in grades four and up. This year, in Phase III, all high-school students will be given the opportunity to expand their learning through access to a laptop, within the guidelines of the policies, regulations, and procedures set forth by the school system.  By the end of 2017, each fourth through twelfth grade student in Rockdale County Public Schools will have access to a laptop.
 
The one-to-one device program is a key component of RCPS’s Learning Reimagined initiative, which strives to transform teaching and learning throughout the district. Providing our students with access to digital devices empowers students to become thoughtful producers and evaluators of information. The devices will allow them to find, evaluate, and thoughtfully use information, to work with others to create collaborative products of learning, and to engage in authentic, real-world tasks. Most importantly, the students will develop the skills they need to become engaged, digitally responsible citizens ready to compete in today’s technology infused society.

One important resource for families is Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/parents), which includes a great number of family resources. Particularly, the Parent Tip Sheets (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/family-tip-sheets) are helpful for parents to help steer conversations with their children as we move into this exciting new digital initiative.

Please click here for more information on Rockdale County Public Schools' One-To-One initiative.