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7th graders to receive 1:1 devices this fall
7th graders to receive 1:1 devices this fall
Posted on 06/23/2017

This fall seventh graders in the Puyallup School District will be receiving one-to-one (1:1) devices to use for schoolwork and take home with them for homework throughout the school year.

The rollout of computers is designed to support student learning while also being financially responsible to Puyallup taxpayers.

Over the next several years the district will transition from traditional textbooks and into digital learning. The district will build digital courses themselves rather than purchase expensive materials from publishers. Since printed textbooks can quickly become outdated this is a more efficient way to provide content for students.

The selection of traditional materials which fit the needs of the community is also limited. Digital materials are not only cost effective but can be easily updated to meet the needs of Puyallup students and teachers.

Many courses are already being accessed using Schoology, the district’s Learning Management System (LMS). Schoology allows students to access learning from almost anywhere and at any time. In Schoology teachers post lessons, calendar items, and other digital content. Students access the digital content, quizzes, tests, and assessments that the teachers post.

PSD graduates now working at EdTecTo prepare for the rollout of approximately 2,000 1:1 devices a team comprised of several Puyallup School District graduates have already been working to prepare laptops to be distributed to seventh graders in the fall.

After the school year comes to an end current high school students work will join the team of graduates to help complete the rollout this summer.

Mark Vetter, executive director of instructional technology says, “The college students all are products of the district, they love to come back and be a part of our districts' future.  We love having them work for us. There is a lot of pride in watching these tremendous young men and women work as adults!”

The devices go through several stages, from being unboxed, programmed, updated, and then finally laser engraved before it can be finished to be handed out to students.

Vetter explained, “While talking with districts across the nation to learn from their experience, we came upon the idea of laser engraving every computer with the district logo and phone number.  It is a very cost effective way of reducing theft and recovering lost computers.”

1:1 device being laser engraved

1:1 distribution will begin August 23 for the first junior high. Parents and guardians should watch for orientation packets that will be sent by each junior high over the summer that will include more information about their student’s 1:1 device.

In the 2018-2019 school year, seventh, eighth, and ninth graders will be receiving a 1:1 device to use for the school year. It is estimated that approximately 6,000 devices will be issued to seventh through ninth graders for the year.

Devin Konsmo