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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

We are excitedly gearing up for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. As a school district, we are proud to continue to offer a 1:1 device to all students in grades 6-12 to support student learning. Our tech assistants have been busily working on devices to make sure we get them back in student’s hands as soon as possible. This summer, we will need to distribute devices to students in grades 6, 9 and 10.

Here is our plan for distribution:

  • Grade 10 students: devices will be distributed during school hours in the first week of school.
  • Grade 9 students: devices will be distributed during ninth grade orientation scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 in the UPHS auditorium.
  • Grade 6 students: devices will be distributed on August 21 from 9:00-1:00 in the UPHS Library OR on the evening of August 21 from 6:00-8:00 in the UPHS Library.

The following checklist outlines the steps that need to be taken prior to arriving for the device pick-up for ALL students:

  • 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 (see Academics tab, 1:1 initiative).
  • Provide online payment through School Café ($35 for UPMS students, $50 for UPHS students) or bring payment and give to the tech assistant at the time of your pick up in the form of cash, check (payable to Upper Perkiomen School District).

District and building administrators continue to work to make sure that the device distribution process is as efficient and streamlined as possible. Thank you for your prompt attention and consideration. Have an enjoyable summer!

For more information about our 1:1 initiative, please contact Mrs. Kimberly Bast, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at kbast@upsd.org

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