As the world changes with new technology, scientific advancements and cutting-edge careers, Garland ISD believes education must change with it. The district's Strategic Plan calls for providing all secondary students a digital device, and in 2014, voters passed GISD's bond election, which included this proposal.
Rolling out in 2016, Ready 1:1 equips middle and high schools students with a personal iPad.
“iPads not only support collaboration, creativity and critical thinking, they are also compatible with the resources in use throughout our classrooms,” said Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mida Milligan.
To prepare for this initiative, GISD gave teachers their own device in 2014 and began training them how to incorporate more technology into instruction. In 2015, the district launched new student-centered curriculum created by teachers, for teachers. It features more hands-on, real-world applications, engaging students to take ownership and drive the process of discovery.
“GISD Ready means globally competitive students,” explained Associate Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Jovan Wells. “We want to equip them to thrive in the future with skills and competencies found in the workforce—communication, problem solving, self-discipline, etc.”
Personal iPads not only allow students to personalize instruction to their unique needs, abilities and interests. They also allow greater access to research, tutorials, etc., and increase the ability to create innovative products. Teaching digital citizenship and cybersafety is an important part of the district's new initiative.
To learn more, visit the Ready 1:1 webpage.