Welcome to the Donegal School District's 1 to 1 initiative informational site.

Studies show that school districts with a student to computer ratio of 1:1, pronounced "one-to-one", out-perform districts that do not.

Benefits of a 1 to 1 computing initiative include 24/7 access to technology for students and the ability to extend learning beyond the traditional brick and mortar school.

It is the goal of the Donegal School District to implement a successful 1 to 1 initiative which empowers teachers and students to harness the power of technology to collaborate, create, communicate, critically think, and learn how to learn in the 21st century.

Introduction

The Donegal School District is committed to the implementation of strategies that enhance the education of our students. To that end, the District is launching a 1 to 1 (computing) initiative. The goal of a 1 to 1 initiative is to transform classrooms from teacher-centric environments to student-centered personalized learning environments which focus on high academics and the integration of 21st century skills (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking). These skills are essential for our students to become proficient, life-long learners.

Along with the distribution of Chromebooks to our students, the District is also utilizing a Learning Management System (LMS) called Schoology. Schoology is an online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform that increases learning opportunities through its communication and collaboration tools, and by providing 24/7 access to curricular and supplemental content. Schoology will serve as a virtual extension of the Districtís brick and mortar buildings.

In a 1 to 1 computing initiative, teacher roles are expanding to provide a blended approach of traditional and digital learning resources while mentoring students on how to take ownership of their own learning.

All Students in grades 3-12 will have a Chromebook assigned to them. The Chromebook will have all of the software needed for active participation in the learning activities of their various courses.† The District will also provide Internet content filtering for all 1 to 1 devices. The content filter will be active at school, at home, or anywhere students access the Internet with their 1 to 1 device.

Costs associated with the 1 to1 initiative are offset by eliminating the purchase of classroom sets of computers, and with the extension of current computer lab refresh cycles.

Parents and/or guardians do not have to pay a fee for their studentís technology use. However, damage to the device by the student, willfully or accidentally, shall incur a fee. An insurance fee is optional (but recommended) to provide coverage for accidental damage that could occur.

Please view this site in its entirety. If you should have any questions, please contact your childís principal.