In 2016, district voters said “yes” to a capital levy and paved the way for each student in in Everett Public Schools to use a personal computer for their learning.
Mastering technology to access information, to store and use information to solve problems and create solutions – these are key to students graduating with skills and abilities to compete in tomorrow’s world. As parents, students, and staff have repeatedly told us, this 1:1 access – at home and at school – is a “game changer.”
“Not only is it limitless in the projects they can do, but it is limitless in what I have as material to give them to help them learn,” shared Megan Klinich, an AP Environmental Science and Biology teacher at Jackson High School.
In 2017, Everett and Sequoia high schools and Garfield, Lowell and Monroe elementary schools received devices. High school students received digital inking tablets that go to and from school each day and elementary students received Chromebooks that stay at school. In fall 2018, Jackson and Cascade high schools and Cedar Wood, Jackson and Whittier elementary schools became 1:1 technology schools. We have reached the half-way point in ensuring every student has equitable access to a learning device – a learning tool as “basic” today as were pencils in yesterday’s schools.The cost of the 1:1 initiative so far, including devices, training, infrastructure and staff support is just under $10 million.