My name is Stella Erondu. I am the principal of a 1st year school in a low income area of north St. Louis community, serving Kg to 1st grade only this year. Our school is North Side Community School.
I have envisioned one-on-one laptop classrooms. Our classroom ration is 15:1 and it will be so easy to implement this program in each classroom. I need to know how to go about bringing a program such as what you described above to NSCS. If you can give us any pointer as to how to find a sponsor, or a company that will wish to run a test pilot program with us, please provide me with that information as you respond as soon as possible.
I am loving having a 1:1 so far. We are partnering with Intel. They gave us some free laptops to pilot and then our school bought some more. I have the set of computers that our school bought. Intel also gave us some training although we are helping each other mostly. Maybe contacting them to see if they are interested might help. If you have the money or find a grant start with a few classrooms where teachers are already using a lot of technology. Then you can fade it into the rest of your school and assist teachers that might need more help. This is what we are doing in my school and district.
My school is a Title 1 school. I have already found it beneficial for these students to help bridge the gap in their early learning. I am sure these laptops will help even more throughout the year.
I am so excited to hear a K-1 school interested in 1:1. Most of what I am finding is high schools or middle schools with 1:1. If any elementary- it is upper grades. If you do get this up and running at your school please stay in contact. I would love to assist your school!Let me know if you have any other questions!
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