Students at Colleyville Middle School (CMS) and Heritage Middle School (HMS) are further integrating technology into the classroom thanks to the recent launch of the middle school 1:1 initiative.
Until January 2016, the 1:1 initiative was only at the elementary schools, meaning each student in kindergarten through fifth-grade has a device assigned to him or her that they may use in the classroom and in some cases take home with them to work on assignments.
By expanding the initiative to include CMS and HMS, the district is working towards its goal of integration of technology that spans kindergarten through twelfth-grade.
“One of the strategic objectives in LEAD 2021 is that every student will responsibly and effectively use and apply the latest technology and be able to use the technology masterfully in all dimensions of their academic work,” said Dr. Robin Ryan GCISD Superintendent. “The district has been very strategic in the roll out of 1:1 so that we may ensure that we have both the instructional foundation and support structure necessary in the classroom for our students and teachers and in our technology networks.”
The 1:1 initiative will expand to Cross Timbers Middle School and Grapevine Middle School in the Fall of 2016 and if funding is available, 1:1 will reach Colleyville Heritage High School and Grapevine High School in Spring 2017.
HMS seventh-grade math teacher Jan Cline is grateful for the opportunity to further integrate technology into the classroom.
“I wholeheartedly believe in the idea that these students need to be proficient in technology when they leave our district to go on to greatness,” Cline said. “I would like to say thank you to the school board, 2011 bond program, LEAD 2021 and whoever else had a hand in getting our students the capability to have a device in their hands. I see big changes in our future as we continue to be the best.”
To learn more about the middle school 1:1 initiative, click here