Southwestern District progress and plans

During the 2011-12 school year, we started looking at 1:1 and thinking about how to implement it here at Southwestern. Several teachers visited 1:1 schools and started putting together a rudimentary plan for implementation.


2012-13 allowed us to progress when we were awarded 2 grants - a National Education Association Learning and Leadership grant and IDOE Technology Innovation Planning Grant. These grants allowed us to continue and expand our planning and to develop a concrete plan for the Southwestern 1:1 initiative. 

2013 Planning Grant

Training has been investigated and designed for teachers, parents and students that will specifically meet their individual needs. Teachers have received devices and started training to use them in the classroom. Flexibility and adaptability are key as technology needs change as teachers learn alternative teaching methods and new hardware/software advances become available.

In preparation for our 1:1 initiatives, we are upgrading our network, allowing for redundancy and growth. We plan to separate our wireless network from our core network and create a new duplicate network with more bandwidth and a different provider. This will allow us flexibility in the event of a disruption in either network. (A few simple adjustments can be made that will have us back up and running until repairs can be made). The new network switches will have the capacity for additional access points as we outgrow our current coverage.

Southwestern High School progress and plans



Southwestern High School is moving forward with the work completed in the past 2 years. We plan to implement our 1:1 initiative in stages. Teachers have received devices and have spent the last semester learning to use them in the classroom. Many teachers are prepared and eager to begin implementing change in their classroom but some teachers need more training to make implementation a success. Teachers will continue to receive individual and/or group professional development as we prepare for implementation of our 1:1 initiative.


We have also established an A+ class that will train student technology support technicians in preparation for implementing our 1:1

If funds are available we will do a test roll out of devices in the Fall of 2014 with an anticipated full roll-out in January 2015.

We will start school in August of 2015 with full implementation of our initiative. We will use the summer to address network issues, provide any additional training necessary and prepare lessons to insure a smooth start to the new school year.

Southwestern Middle School progress and plans


Southwestern Middle School is moving forward with the work completed in the past 2 years. We plan to implement our 1:1 initiative in stages. Teachers have received devices and have spent the last semester learning to use them in the classroom. Many teachers are prepared and eager to begin implementing change in their classroom but some teachers need more training to make implementation a success. Teachers will continue to receive individual and/or group professional development as we prepare for implementation of our 1:1 initiative.


Our anticipated first stage will be to roll-out devices to all students in grades 6-8 in January of 2015.

We will start school in August of 2015 with full implementation of our initiative. We will use the summer to address network issues, provide any additional training necessary and prepare lessons to insure a smooth start to the new school year.

The decision as to whether or not students will be allowed to take devices home with them has not been made. There is much to consider and models from other schools differ. We will make this determination well in advance of the roll-out so all stakeholders will know how to prepare.

Southwestern Elementary School progress and plans


Southwestern Elementary School is moving forward with the work completed in the past 2 years. We plan to implement our 1:1 initiative in stages. Teachers have received devices and have spent the last 18 months learning to use them in the classroom. Many teachers are prepared and eager to begin implementing change in their classroom but some teachers need more training to make implementation a success. Teachers will continue to receive individual and/or group professional development as we prepare for implementation of our 1:1 initiative.


To determine the best device for our elementary, we have purchased a classroom set of Ipads and Chromebooks (and plan to add a set of Learnpads). Three teachers will be chosen to investigate how these devices perform at least 5 basic functions. They will use them in their classrooms for three weeks at which time they will rotate with another teacher. At the end of the trial they will present their findings and the technology committee and Principal will decide which device to implement.

A few classroom sets of the chosen devices will be purchased for grades K-5 in January of 2015.

We will start school in August of 2015 with full implementation of our initiative. All classrooms will have a set of the chosen devices. We will use the summer to address network issues, provide any additional training necessary and prepare lessons to insure a smooth start to the new school year.


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