The Buckeye Union High School District just passed its bond on Thursday. This means that my district gets some money to build some badly needed buildings (cause we have on average 40 students per class and no more rooms for new teachers), some extra buses (cause our district is growing like crazy), and a laptop for each student. BUHSD is going one-to-one with technology.
This is an interesting change to this district. Buckeye is a fastly growing community and I see this as a step in the right direction for the school and the community at large. Time to enter the 21st century. Students that I teach are going to fact completely new challenges than the ones that my generation is facing and technology is going to be key to their success. These students need to use the resources available to them is super important and often overlooked. We expect these kids to know how to use technology because they have smart phones, but the truth is that they are just as clueless as other sects of the population. They just know how to snapchat better. It boggles my mind when I ask students to look something up. Most just Google the exact question asked, read on the first link (they don’t actually click on it), Yahoo answers or Wikipedia. They don’t know how to use key words or how to look for creditable sources. So that becomes a challenge as a teacher.
The second thing this bond does it’s make me think about how to redesign my curriculum in order to effectively use these new devices. Students having laptops completely changes the way I need to teach. No more PowerPoint notes and worksheets. Or is there still a way to use those? How do students turn stuff in? Which program is best to use for file sharing? How do you administer tests? How do you charge 30+ laptops in a class using the four outlets available?
All these questions need to be thought out and answered. But despite going into the unknown, I’m excited for the change. This will be something good for my students, my school, and the community. It’ll be exciting to see how it plays out next year.