A Leader in Instructional Technology
Canterbury was an early adopter of the 1:1 program, putting powerful technology tools in the hands of our lower and middle school students beginning in the fall of 2012. Our Educational Technology team partnered with academic leaders and the Curriculum Director to design a program that incorporates cutting-edge teaching and learning strategies, as well as address the need to create confident, capable, self-directed, lifelong learners who can successfully navigate an information-driven, global society.By engaging with their coursework in new and exciting ways, students in Grades 1 - 8 can share their learning and questions with others, creating the type of collaborative learning that colleges and businesses look for in today's world. An Academic Technology Coordinator supports each campus, and both have advanced degrees in Curriculum Development and Instruction. It is the primary job of these Coordinators to help teachers integrate technology into their curricula.
1:1 Device Information
As the premier private school in Tampa Bay, Canterbury prides itself on providing students cutting-edge technology along with the training required to use it responsibly.
Canterbury provides grade-level appropriate technology that supports and enhances our curriculum. Students in Grades 1 - 6 use a school-provided iPad for the 1:1 program. Students in Grades 7 - 8 use a school-provided Chromebook. A minimal Technology Fee is added for the use of the school-provided device, network, security, educational apps, and subscriptions.
- Students in Grades 1 and 2 are given iPads at the beginning of the school year which are collected at the end. The in-school use of the iPads prepares students to take them home when they enter Grade 3.
- Students in Grades 3 - 6 pay for the use of a school-provided iPad and all its preloaded apps through a minimal Technology Fee. The iPads are given to students at the beginning of the school year and collected at the end. Students may take them home every day and often have homework that must be completed on them.
- Students in Grades 7 and 8 pay for the use of school-provided Chromebooks through an Academic Materials/Technology Fee. Chromebooks are given to students at the beginning of the school year with all apps and student e-textbooks pre-loaded onto them for use by the student both at school and at home. They are collected at the end of the year. Students use Chromebooks in Grade 8 to learn to become comfortable with using and navigating different digital platforms, just as they will need to in their professional lives.
Ebooks & Apps
A number of age-appropriate, educational apps are preloaded onto all 1:1 devices. Students are given logins to apps and instructions on how to use them during the first week of school. Teachers frequently assign homework using these apps.
Technology Goals and Outcomes
Below are just a few of the goals and anticipated outcomes that continue to drive our 1:1 initiative:
- Grades 1 - 6 for 1:1 iPads
- Grades 7 - 8 for 1:1 Chromebook
The use of digital tools by our parents will enable parents to be more directly involved in their child’s academic performance, as the 1:1 initiative
- improves the parent’s awareness of the student’s assignments
- provides a more efficient way to review the student’s work and identify shortcomings and areas for growth
- improves communication between parents and teachers.
At the heart of our 1:1 initiative is our students. The regular use of available digital tools by our students
- fosters creativity, critical thinking and collaboration by constructing an open environment in which students are encouraged to bring and use devices
- provides daily access to valuable applications and resources (e.g., Google Apps for Education, Schoology, Microsoft Office 365 for Education) that support students in their learning and extend their classroom experience outside of school
- improves student organization and time management skills
- improves communication with teachers.
The most vital part of making our 1:1 initiative successful is our teachers, who, in addition to our students and parents, will benefit from its implementation. Regular use of digital tools by our teachers
- creates a more student-centered classroom in which students take responsibility for their own learning, thereby increasing student engagement and participation
- enables the teacher to accommodate various learning styles among students more easily
- reduces the amount of printed materials distributed to and collected from students, consequently reducing the amount of paper for teachers to manage, file and store
- improves communication among teachers, students, and parents.
What the research tells us:
- In a study done by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in California showed that students using iPads saw their math test scores increase 20% in one year compared to students using traditional textbooks. Source: CNN Tech
- Another study centered on the iPad game Motion Math, which helps with fundamental math skills. Fifth graders who regularly played the game for 20 minutes per day over a five-day period increased their test scores by 15 percent on average. Source: Game Desk