As the globe transitions to the Digital Age, educators are working diligently to incorporate technology into their classrooms. In Greeneville, Tennessee, the city school system has implemented a 1:1 ratio for student technology.
“It has changed the way I teach, the way students complete assignments and turn them in to me, the way I enter grades and the activities and projects that I give my students to complete,” said Jana Wills, a teacher at Greeneville Middle School. “School is not like it was when I was growing up.”
The students have to sign a contract at the beginning of the year with the school system before they get their devices. If something breaks or is messed up, students must report to the “help desk” for repair.
“The school system provides every student in my school with a laptop,” Wills said. “Some students [at other schools] have iPads, iPods and Kindles.”
The purpose of 1:1 is to teach students aspects of technology they may not have been familiar with or accustomed to using. Many students who are a part of the school system have never owned their own devices before.
“Having technology and a variety of software programs is especially nice for students who have been absent,” Wills said. “I can video myself teaching, and they can watch it at home; it is as if they never missed class. It is also great for the resources that can be found and imbedded into the subjects taught.”
While 1:1 technology is beneficial to students and teachers alike, any implementation is sure to have its drawbacks.
“[I hate] troubleshooting,” Wills said. “I get so tired of having to troubleshoot these computers in the middle of class. It interrupts my teaching and takes time away from instruction.”