“In order to prepare our students for the challenges and possibilities of the 21st century, Wentzville R-IV will equip students with digital technology that will promote students engagement, enhance student communication skills, provide opportunities for research, and develop graduates who are ready for college and careers”
The Wentzville School District believes that to more effectively prepare students for life in today's 21st Century, they must be engaged and learning at school in the same fashion that they are engaged and learning outside of school. Because technology pervades all aspects of today's society, this means being adaptable to innovation, digitally savvy, and virtually connected.
Providing a free technology device to every student (often referred to as "one-to-one," or abbreviated "1:1") is just one of many strategies WSD employs to prepare students for success in today's world. In a 1:1 learning environment, students are provided netbooks to better equip them for anytime-anywhere learning, teachers receive continued professional development to better equip them to provide innovative instruction, and all consequently become the beneficiaries of 21st Century education.
Some of the benefits of putting a technology device in the hands of every student include:
- More effective development of 21st Century skills in students
- More equitable digital access amongst students
- More effective student-centered learning activities
- Improved differentiated instruction
- Increased student engagement
- Increased opportunity to effectively utilize online resources
- Better prepared students for typical collegiate learning environments
- Improved skills and attitudes related to technology and innovation for staff
In 2011, the Wentzville School District launched it's 1:1 Access Initiative program for high school students. In school year 2016, all high school students in all three high schools will have a district-issued Chromebook to utilize for classroom learning and projects. Students are issued their devices at the beginning of the school year with a district protective carrying case to use throughout the school year. The devices and cases will be collected at the end of the school year prior to leaving for summer break.
WSD Access Initiative Website (How To Tutorials)