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VISION

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 Thrives Strategic Plan.


Students in neighborhood and options schools will be given a Chromebook to use for personalized learning in grades 1, 5, and 9 that is Jeffco owned and managed. Students will use this device for the next 4 years upon which they will receive an updated. 


History: 

TechforEd launched in the fall of 2019 for all students in grades 5 and 9, with the full implementation for grades 5-12 being completed in the fall of 2022. With the help of additional one time funding through the Federal Emergency Connectivity Fund, devices were able to be purchased for students in grades 1-3 in 2022.


 

BENEFITS

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 Chromebook and protective case.
    • Estimated cost of the Chromebook with a case is $300-$320
    • Estimated cost of the core set of digital instruction tools each student receives on their devices is approximately $17-$20

  • Technology fees are standardized across the district. The Tech for Ed program funds 1st-12th grade devices. 
  • Students in grade 4 will likely be given a school-owned device to use. This is the last grade that will roll into the program due to a staggered roll out. 
 

 

System Benefits

  • Equity: Tech for Ed provides 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 Jeffco's Internal 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: Students will be assigned a different device when theirs is broken and in for repair 

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