Marysville Teachers Thrive in New 1:1 Environment
By the time today’s kindergarten students graduate from high school, the job market will look vastly different from what it looks like today. Most jobs available will require employees to use technology in their day-to-day tasks. Marysville School District saw the importance of integrating technology into their existing instructional model to help students prepare for this digital world and sought out assistance in helping their teachers learn to use technology that would be rolled out into their classrooms.
Beginning in the spring of 2015, Eduro Learning announced a 5 year partnership with the Marysville School District in Marysville, Washington. Thanks to a 2014 technology levy passed by Marysville residents, the school district was able to begin implementation of one device per student in 6th to 12th grade classrooms.
In 2016, Marysville finished their first full year of one-to-one Chromebooks for all 6th to 12th grade students, and is now rolling out one-to-one Chromebooks to 3rd to 5th grade students. The lower primary grades are not left out! Chromebook carts support learning in these grades as well. We’ve been assisting teachers as they change their teaching practices to take advantage of the new connected classrooms they now teach in.
Teachers have been divided into cohorts to facilitate a small group learning environment that introduces them to a variety of tools they can use in their new connected classrooms. Since these cohorts are made up of a variety of technology aptitude levels, lessons are structured to give the group an overview of a tool, then a hands-on project that helps both digital natives and those new to technology a chance to learn how they would use the tool in the classroom.
One teacher said, “I really overall appreciated as a ‘digital native’ that the training was not just how to use this device or program but was useful for the whole continuum of learners.”
Marysville School District sees that their relationship with Eduro is helping make a positive change in the way students learn. Chief Technology Officer Scott Beebe describes the partnership with Eduro as “an instructional revolution that will leapfrog us forward in the relationship between students, teachers, and content.”
Working with teachers to assist in their understanding of the technology that will help their students most and how to integrate the technology into face-to-face instruction is the main objective of each lesson. “Eduro provides teacher centric professional development and consulting services solely dedicated to examining our practice in service of students first and technology second,” said Beebe.
Our work with Marysville continues through 2020, and we are glad to work with teachers as they integrate technology into their classrooms and enhance their students’ learning experiences, preparing them for graduation and beyond.
Learn how to become a partner in learning with Eduro here.