Ready 1:1 Timeline

Date

Action

2013-14

Students, staff, parents and community members create Garland ISD’s Strategic Plan to guide district decision-making. Goal one charges GISD to provide an environment that encourages active student participation, collaboration, relevant content and contemporary learning opportunities. Goal two directs the district to achieve equitable distribution of digital resources, providing access for all students and staff inside and outside of GISD facilities.

Before summer break, the district issues iPads to teachers.

Fall 2014

iPad training for teachers begins. Professional development includes one-on-one and small group instruction, topic-based classes, videos on demand and more. Learning not only the device, but also how to incorporate it and other digital resources into daily instruction, teachers and administrators share their knowledge with others at iCon, the district's first-ever iPad conference.

Garland ISD passes a $455.5 million bond election, of which $75 million is dedicated to technology. Provisions include 1:1 devices for secondary students and upgrades to the district’s wireless network.

Spring 2015Planning for GISD Ready kicks off with visits to districts that have successfully transformed teaching and learning. Teachers at all campuses participate in a student-centered learning model lesson to prepare for changes to instruction.
Summer 2015Core content teachers train to access the new curriculum through face-to-face and virtual courses. GISD's second-annual iCon doubles in size, attracting teachers and administrators from across the district. Administrators also share instructional leadership strategies at the district's first-ever Leader Led Learning (L3) Academy.
Fall 2015GISD launches new student-centered curriculum, created by teachers for teachers, that features more hands-on, real-world applications and technology integration. Ongoing training is provided to support classroom teachers with the new curriculum and technology integration.
Spring 2016

Infrastructure enhancements take place, increasing Internet and wireless access across the district.

 

Fall 2016iPads roll out on a staggered schedule to all GISD high schools. Campuses hold parent meetings before and after device delivery.