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1:1 Initiative

Upper Perkiomen School District 1:1 Information

This page contains all documents and forms related to the Upper Perk Learns 1:1 Initiative and the distribution of digital devices. Click on a link to download the document or form.

Beginning of School Year 1:1 Student Device Information

The following information was sent out via skylert to all middle school and high school families on July 31, 2018:

School has just let out but we are already gearing up for the 2018-2019 school year! Beginning this summer, students entering grades 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 were permitted to take their devices home for the summer break. The Upper Perkiomen School District is happy to offer this new opportunity to students.

Several steps must be taken to ensure your student continues to receive the benefits of a device in school. As soon as possible, please do the following:

  • Review and complete the UP Learns Agreement for Use in Skyward. Parents can find this form under parent access- online forms in skyward.
  • Review Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy, Internet Essentials Program Information, Parent/Student FAQ Document and Digital Citizenship Overview found on the district website.
  • Provide payment for the tech usage fee to the building secretaries in the form of cash, check (payable to Upper Perkiomen School District) or online payment through School Cafe ($35 for UPMS students, $50 for UPHS students). PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SCHOOL CAFE APP DOES NOT ACCEPT THE TECH USAGE FEE.

Students entering grade six will be eligible to receive their devices during new student orientation on Thursday, August 16th. Students entering grade nine will be eligible to receive their devices during ninth grade parent night on August 7th at 6PM in the High School Auditorium. Parents of students entering grade six and grade nine will be able to provide payment and complete the agreement at the above listed events.

We highly encourage all parents and students to complete the UP Learns Agreement for Use in Skyward and pay the tech usage fee before the beginning of the school year. Students will receive periodic reminders after the beginning of school if the agreement for use is not completed or if the tech usage fee is not paid. If students and parents fail to complete the agreement and pay the tech usage fee by October 1, 2018, your student’s device may be disconnected from the network, thus rendering the device unusable in school. Additionally, if not paid, the tech usage fee will become an obligation on your student’s account. Please be aware that the technology usage fee is NOT insurance. The student remains responsible for care and safe storage of their assigned laptop. Parents and guardians can find the costs of damages in the UP Learns Agreement for Use.

Thank you for your prompt attention and consideration. Have an enjoyable summer!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Allison Stephens

Curriculum, Technology & Innovation Specialist

Upper Perkiomen School District

astephens@upsd.org

(215) 541- 2449

Please contact Allison Stephens at astephens@upsd.org or Bryan Ruzenski at bruzenski@upsd.org with any questions.

Forms and Documents

Additional Policies and Documents

Upper Perk Learns: Why 1-to-1?

Digital Equity - Upper Perk believes that all students should have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of socioeconomic status. To that end, Upper Perk has created an environment in which all students have "Digital Equity" in terms of information access, digital learning platform, and physical device.

Sustainable Model for Innovative Learning - From a fiscal perspective, having a 1:1 environment provides a Sustainable Model for Innovative Learning by having a predictable and cost-effective mechanism for digitization. Computer labs are gradually becoming obsolete, less wiring is needed, and digital learning tools are readily accessible by all students.

Level of Support and Management for Devices - Standardizing on a digital learning platform and physical device offers economies of scale and other efficiencies in terms of support and management.

Consistency of instructional practice and professional development - Teachers and administrators know what to expect when all students have digital equity, so they can plan and improve accordingly.

Research on impact of technology on student achievement (Project Red) - Research consistently shows a positive correlation between the use of technology and student achievement on a variety of academic measurements.


Upper Perk Learns: Goals for Initiative

  1. Increase student engagement in and out of the classroom.
  2. Shift curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices towards meaningful and relevant learning experiences.
  3. Increase student achievement through a variety of authentic measures.
  4. Increase communication between students, teachers, parents, and the community.
  5. Foster 21st Century Skills to prepare our students for their future
    1. Creativity
    2. Collaboration
    3. Communication
    4. Critical Thinking
    5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Increase opportunities for individualized and personalized learning for every student
  7. Digital equity in access, device, and platform across the district.

Measurement of Goals

  • Student Digital Portfolio (viewing actual work and products) review
  • Danielson Evaluation (include SOL and SESS)
  • BrightBytes Clarity Survey for 21st Century Learning (using CASE Framework)
  • Curriculum Review
  • Student Attendance Rates, Dropout Rates, and Graduation Rates
  • Student Engagement Observations (using iCot Observation form)
  • Learning Walks