Technology is a leverage tool to spring our students into higher levels of academic achievement appropriate to the world in which they are most familiar and uninhibited.
Welcome to The Corcoran Unified School District one-to-one website. The information on this website provides background, rationale, explanation and some logistical information on our one-to-one device program.
The School Board and District has been committed to this program since 2005, and it has been a process of excitement, achievement, frustration, struggle and a very steep learning curve. In all, the journey has been well worth it since students are receiving opportunities to leverage their learning in exciting and motivating ways. The District is at the point of fulfilling the vision of providing student access to technology learning tools within and outside the school day with the advent of free Internet access for all Corcoran students.
Our students must be prepared for life in the 21st century. It is our responsibility to equip our students with necessary skills to access information and to become technologically literate using a variety of available technology. Equity in access to learning at its highest level is essential and we cannot be successful until each student has the same opportunities to interact and engage in a technology and information rich world.
Students today were born into a world where technology is not new but a seamless part of the culture and communication around them. The interests and focus of many of today's youth are very much entwined in some sort of technology and use, which is not necessarily common among today's adults. Not only are the perspectives and technology proficiencies of today's students worth considering, but also it is important to realize that the skilled use of technology has become a necessity to survive and compete in a business world and society that is more and more information based.
The fact is that students are comfortable with technology, have a keen interest to use technology, thrive in using technology, and are motivated to use technology. The results are that students read and write more with interest and enthusiasm when using technology in a constructive, well-planned methodology. We are making a commitment to see that our students and teachers have the optimal tools to improve academic achievement for all students with the readiness and skill subsets that are acquired in a curriculum that uses these powerful tools.
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From ABC Channel 30 Action News’ DeShaunta Bullock:
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – Digital textbooks are changing how students learn in the Valley. Some schools across Fresno County are giving students iPad’s to use in the classroom.
From the article:
Fulfilling the “anytime, anywhere” learning vision of the Corcoran Unified School District, teachers and administrators handed out new classroom tools Wednesday night: brand new iPads.
Each child grades kindergarten thru second grades have daily access to an iPad Mini. Grades three thru five have a combination of iPad Airs and iPads. We have just rolled out iPad Airs and Internet routers for several fifth grade students to take home and have 24/7 access!
The last three years every 4th and 5th grade student had one to one access to iPod Touches for use during the school day with access to apps for their grade levels that have targeted core curriculum and intervention. In addition to educational apps, students have used student response system apps for their iPod that allows for instant checking for understanding of student answers.
Students have used the iPod Touches to record reading passages for fluency practice. By having the students record themselves and then listen to what they sound like, they are able to immediately make improvements to their reading. Teachers have made a practice of audio recording of each student’s reading the ability to track their progress in iTunes.
The use of the upgraded devices will expand student ability to write, research and create content. Concurrent with the rollout is staff development to assist staff members in creating innovative learning environments for students to learn and perform academic tasks at all levels of the Bloom’s Taxonomy scale.
This is the first year every John Muir Middle School student have been issued an iPad for school and home use anywhere, anytime with free Internet access. The program began two years ago with every 6th grade student with a one to one learning device. Currently every 6th thru 8th grade student has received a district issued iPad, case, and WiMAX router for their use during the school year. The iPad comes with apps specifically targeted for middle school use, as well as access to the district network and Internet during the school day. While away from school, the students will use a wireless WiMAX router that will allow the student to access the same district filtered Internet as they do at school. This will create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities!
Teacher’s received their Apple laptops and iPads recently and have been working tirelessly on using the technology to increase the degree and complexity of student learning for all students. They have attended numerous trainings, videoconferences, and are collaborating on how these devices, apps, and Web 2.0 tools will enhance their core curriculum.
This is the second year every Corcoran High School student has been issued a Macbook Air for school and home use anywhere, anytime with free Internet access. The program began three years ago with every 11th & 12th grade student with a one to one learning device. The Macbook Air comes with applications specifically targeted for high school use, as well as access to the district network and Internet during the school day. While away from school, the students will use a wireless WiMAX router that will allow the student to access the same district filtered Internet as they do at school. This will create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities!
Our staff works collectively in their professional learning communities in sharing best practices and developing lessons that take advantage of these powerful learning tools. There is also an emphasis on developing writing skills with the use of online discussions in and outside the classroom.