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1:1 Technology in Schools 2

District 1:1 Device Program

As students start back to school for the 2019-2020 school year, two grades will do so with a brand new instructional device — a touchscreen Chromebook or iPad. These devices are part of a four-year plan to create technology-enabled classrooms in fifth through twelfth grades that prepare students to thrive in a digitally connected world in alignment with the Jeffco Generations Strategic Plan. Next year’s fifth- and ninth-graders in neighborhood and option schools will be the first to receive their devices as a part of this program.



Create an equitable and sustainable model for technology-enabled classrooms that prepare students to thrive in a connected, digital world in alignment with the Jeffco Generations strategic plan.



What does 1:1 device program mean?

1:1 device means individual students are issued a district-owned device for their learning. These devices will be used for students to develop as content creators and responsible users of technology.

Starting in Fall 2019 - all incoming fifth-graders in neighborhood and option schools will receive a Chromebook or iPad, assigned to them, to use for four years.

Starting in fall 2019 - all incoming ninth-graders in neighborhood and option schools will receive a Chromebook, assigned to them, to use until graduation.

Elementary school 1:1 plans for K-4 are still in development.


How is the program funded?

The district-wide 1:1 device program is made possible with three funding sources:

  • (1) existing technology funding
  • (2) new funding thanks to voter support for the 5A mill levy override last November
  • (3) student fees

In addition to the devices themselves — which cost $300 - $350 each — protective cases, digital tools, dependable internet access at schools (bandwidth), and support for schools and students/families are included in the 1:1 device program.

Some Jeffco schools have already launched 1:1 programs to great success. Now that the effort is district-wide, each school will adjust their fees and phase out existing programs to bring all schools into alignment with the district model.


When will my student receive his or her device?

There are fall, winter, and spring roll-out dates for all fifth and ninth graders during the 2019-20 school year. Families will receive detailed information directly from their school about the distribution dates and process.


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Instructional Benefits

  • Prepares students for success in an increasingly digital world

  • Develops responsible creators and users of technology

  • Facilitates technology-enriched instruction that can be customized and student directed 

  • Provides opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all learners at various stages of learning 

  • Enables teachers to more efficiently understand students' learning and adjust instruction accordingly

  • Encourages opportunities for students to collaborate and connect with broader audiences

  • Allows students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways


Cost Benefits

  • Students receive a high-quality device and protective case for less than they would have paid to purchase the same device on their own
    • Estimated cost of the Chromebook option with a case is $304; estimated cost of the iPad option with a case is $358
    • Estimated cost of the core set of digital instruction tools each student receives on their devices is approximately $17

  • Technology fees are standardized across the district
    • Families of students who receive a device will pay $50/year for the device, case, digital tools, and internet filtering
    • Funds from the 5A mill levy override will be paired with these fees to fund the program

  • Schools receive digital learning tools, teacher professional development to instruct with those tools, internet filtering, bandwidth, and additional support


System Benefits

  • Equity: All schools provide equitable devices and programming for their students

  • Device Consistency: Reduces time spent on device management and troubleshooting issues in the classroom; devices can be used at any school within the district

  • Connectivity: All devices will automatically connect to the instructional wifi

  • Added Security: A security filter will be installed on all devices for use at school and home

  • Testing: Students will take state-mandated tests on their own devices

  • Convenience: Loaner devices will be available through the library during repairs


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