The Nampa School District officially launches its Personalized Learning initiative this week when it issues nearly 2,000 laptops to high school students -- and classroom teachers in five schools will participate in professional development to learn how to harness technology to improve student learning, according to a District news release.
In November 2015, Nampa School District voters approved an increased supplemental levy of $7.78 million with $3.5 million earmarked to support a modernization of classroom technology and curriculum -- and professional development for classroom teachers.
“The district's plan is to equip all students and teachers during the next three to four years with the electronic tools needed and professional development necessary to support its Personalized Learning approach,” Nampa School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall said.
The schools in Phase I of the project are Columbia High School and Central, Endeavor, Lake Ridge, New Horizons, and Willow Creek elementary schools. “Students in these schools will receive nearly 5,000 devices for their use in school and at home to support learning,” Westfall stated.
Columbia High School is the first to roll out the 2,000 Dell Latitudes to students this week. About 2,700 iPads will be distributed to students in the other five schools in September and October.
“Families of students attending CHS will pick up their devices at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. During the device deployment events, parents and students will learn about acceptable use and digital citizenship and be provided the opportunity to buy a low cost insurance plan should the device be damaged or lost,” Westfall explained.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, teachers in the Phase I schools will build on professional development sessions last spring on how to integrate technology to personalize learning in the classroom.