VISD begins implementing One-to-One technology

Three elementary schools and one middle school are now using the technology

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria ISD is now implementing one-to-one technology within the district. Three elementary schools, including Dudley, Shields and Torres, and one middle school, Patti Welder, are currently involved in one-to-one technology.

In a typical one-to-one technology program, an individual school or a school district provides each student with a school or district-owned mobile computing device (i.e. tablet, laptop or Chromebook). Students will keep this device with them, using it both at home and school.

VISD is using the typical approach as well as an on-site one-to-one approach. In the on-site approach, students receive their own devices to use each day. On the other hand, the device does not leave the school.

“We have to look at where the students are going after they graduate from VISD and prepare them for what types of programs they will be using in whatever it is they decide to do,” said Jennifer Wyatt, instructional technology curriculum and library coordinator for VISD. “We want their transition to be more seamless by thinking bigger than just test scores, and technology is a large part of that.”

Patti Welder Middle School and Dudley Elementary school participate fully

Each individual school varies in its level of participation in the program. Patti Welder Middle School has 100% participating in the program as a Personalized Learning campus. Each student receives Windows-based laptops. Personalized Learning, an educational model, allows students to learn, at least in part, through online learning. They use computer-adaptive software with some control over time, pace, path, place and modalities of learning. The software is paired with teacher-led classroom activities to create an integrated, customized learning experience. Dudley Elementary fully participates with each student receiving Windows-based laptops and iPads.

Two VISD elementary schools are now implementing Google for Education. Shields, also a Personalized Learning campus, currently operates an on-site one-to-one program. It uses laptops and Google for Education. Starting in January 2022, Torres Elementary School’s third-grade class will begin the typical one-to-one program. Students will use Chromebooks and Google for Education.

“In the world of education, Google is the better platform for students and learning, so we’re wanting to support our students with Google for Education in addition to what they already use with Schoology,” said Wyatt.

VISD implements Schoology in classrooms

VISD implemented Schoology, a learning management system (LMS) that allows teachers to:

  • manage their classroom,
  • create assignments their students can submit,
  • participate in interactive discussions with students,
  • perform assessments,
  • student collaboration
  • and the ability for students and parents to see grades in Fall 2021.

Victoria ISD’s Technology Department created an optional self-insurance program for families concerned about the costs of possible accidental damage to devices. A combination of federal, state and local funding is put together to fund the one-to-one programs. VISD is one of many school districts across the US to receive funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund from the Federal Communications Commission. It received approximately 3,000 Google Chromebooks and 4,000 hotspots. Students who do not have access to remote connectivity will receive a hotspot.

“What we’re in now is the most coordinated effort with respect to instructional technology that we’ve ever had,” said Greg Dandio, director of Technology for VISD. “We know we have much to accomplish in this area, but this is a start in better preparing our students for their futures.”