I was thrilled to hear on WBZ Television this morning that Natick Public Schools will be buying MacBooks for all 8th graders next year and all high school students in the fall of 2012. In support of this move Natick Superintendent Peter Sanchioni provided a clear overview of Natick's vision for its students in his presentation to his school board on the matter. The plans of Natick, Wayland and Millis are also chronicled in a recent article from Boston.com.
As this news comes out, I continue to feel fortunate that we are also a part of this progressive group of schools in Massachusetts looking to provide our students with access to tools that will fully prepare them for the world that they will encounter when they leave our high school. My recent blog post on the Connected Principals Blog which I have the privilege of collaborating on with Principals from all over the world touched upon some of the reasons that this move is an imperative. One excerpt that I would like to share from that blog post, Are You On The Path To 1:1, follows:
In his book Education Nation, Milton Chen calls 1:1 access “the digital civil right of every student to participate in his or her own education.” I could not agree more and if we truly care about our students, then we will toss aside our anxiety and remember our primary role as educators to prepare our students for what they will face when they leave our schools. Since the world outside our doors is changing at a faster rate than any time in history, we should be seeing some shifts within our walls as well.The slide at the top of this post also depicts the feelings we should have about taking this overdue pathway for our students. Finally, I had the opportunity to present on the topic of 1:1 at the Tech Learning Boston Conference last week and my slideshow from the presentation can be seen below.