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1:1 Initiative

About the Ottumwa 1:1 Program

The focus of the 1:1 Program in the Ottumwa Community School District is to prepare students for their futures in a world of digital technology and information. As we navigate the 21st century, excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. The 1:1 device is an additional learning tool that will increase access to technology, which is essential for the future. The individual use of technology is a way to empower students to learn at their full potential and to prepare them for the real world of college and the workplace. 1:1 devices encourage students to solve problems and think critically by stimulating analytical thinking. Technology does not take the place of our teachers, but yet adds an additional resource to be used in the instructional setting. Together we can engage, educate, and empower every student every day.

The policies, procedures, and information within this document apply to all technology devices issued by the Ottumwa Community School District to active students. This also includes any other devices considered by the Administration to fall under this policy.

  • As of 2019, the district-issued device to students is a Chromebook. As technology, resources, and options evolve, this device may be subject to change.

What is 1:1?

Successful 1:1 implementation transforms how teachers teach and how students learn. A digital device in the hands of all students engages them in highly interactive, transformational learning. Students need to be producers and evaluators of knowledge, not just consumers. In the digital age, analyzing information is a critical skill. 

In a 1:1 environment, students will regularly have the opportunity to locate, evaluate, and interpret information, as well as collaborate with others to engage in authentic, real-world tasks. When fully implemented, students and teachers will have:

  • Ownership of rigorous and relevant learning.
  • Increased learner engagement. 
  • Self-directed learning opportunities.
  • Enhanced communication and collaboration.
  • Greater access to digital resources.
  • Access to education beyond the school day and school walls.
  • The improved expectation for critical and creative thinking on relevant issues.
  • Intellectual preparation for college and career.

What does 1:1 look like?

A 1:1 environment focuses on using the device as a tool to convey standards-referenced learning in an empowering and engaging manner. We teach our students and the content through technology; we do not just teach how to use the technology. The primary goal is always effective, engaging instruction. An effective 1:1 program also supports differentiated instruction. The method of instruction varies based on what is most needed for a student or group of students. Used alongside the curriculum with appropriate technology tools and resources, the devices will make instruction more manageable and effective. 

Ottumwa High School will focus to:  

  • Increase student engagement with active learning and authentic tasks. 
  • Extend learning beyond the classroom through collaboration and communication. 
  • Provide challenging digital learning content and resources.
  • Maximize critical and creative thinking.
  • Improve student technological operational skills.

Device Purpose

A personalized learning environment allows teachers a greater opportunity to guide and facilitate student learning. When fully implemented, students and teachers will have:

  • Ownership of rigorous and relevant learning.
  • Innovative and creative learning possibilities.
  • A personal connection to the material through student interest.
  • Self-directed learning opportunities.
  • Enhanced communication and collaboration with others.
  • Greater access to digital resources.
  • Access to education beyond the school day and school walls.
  • The ability to think critically and creatively on relevant issues.
  • Become better prepared for college and career through the twenty-first century and technology literacy skills.

Tips for Student Success Student Tips

  • Bring the device to school every day.

  • Bring the device to school every day charged.

  • Use the case while transporting the device at all times.

  • Do not have food or drinks next to the device.
  • Do not throw or place heavy objects on the device.
Parent Tips
  • Monitor student use at home.

  • Discuss the sites they visit.

  • Know your student’s login information.

  • Charge the device in a family room.
  • Ensure the device stays in its case.
  • Ask how the device is used at school each day. 

Orientation Video

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)