This change in approach to learning and instruction was made in an attempt to provide both teachers and students in District 86 with the tools needed to achieve two things:
- An excellent high school education
- The skills necessary to be future leaders
Research continues to indicate that consistent, thoughtful implementation of technology in the classroom leads to not only improved learning outcomes, but significantly increases the engagement and involvement of students in the learning process.
Technology, while an important instructional tool, does not itself drive the instruction in District 86; rather, it is another tool available to students and teachers to help them achieve these goals. In many cases, there may be non-technology-based tools that are more appropriate. As with any tool, each teacher is given the freedom to choose the most appropriate tool for the instructional outcome they hope to achieve.
Teachers have, and will continue to, receive staff development on best practices for using the devices and electronic resources with their students and those unique features will be taught to students as well.
1:1 Learning Environment Initiative Timeline
- During the 2015-2016 academic year, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 introduced 300 Chromebooks to eleven Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South teachers
- 910 students participated in these 11 teachers’ courses
- Four models, manufactured by Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, Toshiba, and Dell were evaluated, soliciting feedback from students and teachers
- Based on this feedback, the Lenovo Yoga 11e was chosen for subsequent use in the 1:1 initiative
- During the 2016-2017 academic year, over 2,000 Chromebooks were deployed as sets of classroom devices.
- These devices were placed into classrooms at both Hinsdale Central and South to allow teachers in all major content areas to continue to determine best practices in the 1:1 environment.
- Each classroom teacher participating in this "1:1 curricular pilot" received professional development and summer curriculum development time in order to thoughtfully incorporate the Chromebook devices into their curriculum.
- This professional development continued throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
- Additionally, teachers not participating in the 2016 Summer professional development opportunities participated in multiple professional development opportunities during the 2016-2017 academic year, including the following:
- 1:1 Essentials - Spring 2017
- Formative Assessment - Summer 2017
- During the 2017-2018 academic year, a limited number of Chromebook devices were purchased and distributed to course teams, with several sets reserved for a “mobile lab” that will allow teachers without Chromebooks to begin implementing instructional strategies as they receive ongoing professional development
- All teachers received advanced professional development during the 2017-2018 school year as well as the summer of 2018
2018-2019 to present
- During the 2018-2019 academic year, District 86 achieved full 1:1 status, with each student receiving a Chromebook for use both at school and at home.
All students and parents must agree to the District 86 Responsible Use Policy and the District 86 Chromebook Agreement prior to receiving the Chromebook.