Information Literacy and the use of technological tools are critical in the 21st Century.
From providing for organizational efficiency, to creating opportunities for teachers to better understand student performance, to its central role in helping students learn in a “real” and engaging environment, technology is necessary for success in all aspects of School District 21.
In School District 21, we believe that our students must engage with technology, generally, as a means to greater and deeper learning of reading, mathematics, and writing as well as of the knowledge and skills required across the traditional academic disciplines. At the same time, we understand that the pace of technological change requires that students and staff members remain technology learners since the rapid development of new products requires such flexibility.
Because School District 21 is committed to providing robust access to technology for all students, we have continued to increase our 1:1 program. All Middle Schools are 1:1 with Chromebooks, which students take home each day. 8th grade utilizes the Lenovo 11e model, while 6th and 7th grades utilize the HP x360 11 G1 model. Beginning 2018-2019, 3rd-5th grades are also 1:1 with Chromebooks. 5th grade utilizes the HP x360 model, while 3rd and 4th grades utilize the Dell 11 3120 model. Additionally beginning 2018-2019, grades K-2nd have a 3:4 student to Chromebook ratio. Kindergarten utilizes the HP x360 model, while 1st and 2nd grades utilize the ASUS Flip C100 model. Elementary school devices remain at school.