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Wayne Trace Schools to host open meeting on 1:1 initiative

BY LINDSAY McCOY • Times Bulletin News Writer

HAVILAND – Wayne Trace Local School officials will be hosting a second open house to discuss the district’s vision for the proposed 1:1 initiative that many schools in the area are looking to adopt. The open house will take place Thursday, July 26, in the Lecture Room at Wayne Trace High School starting at 6:30 p.m.

“The 1:1 initiative is a program where each student has his/her own computer for daily use in the regular classroom,” said Wayne Trace superintendent Stephen Arnold. “In most cases, the student may then take this same computer home at night for use at home.”

Wayne Trace Local Schools would retain ownership of the computers, but the students will have possession of the device for much of the school year, just as they would with a textbook owned by the school.

Arnold explained the goal of the program is to provide a 21st Century learning environment with technology-based lessons in the classroom setting. Textbooks would be replaced by ebooks with all books online. Students would have instant access to the Internet in all of their classes. The hope is to motivate students with more engaging learning options which, in turn, should also lower discipline issues. The ultimate hope is to provide students with the skills they will need to succeed in college, their careers, and life.

“We plan to provide professional development for our junior high/high school staff this school year, with the goal of putting computers in the hands of our seniors in the fall of 2013,” said Arnold. “The next two years after that, both the juniors and seniors would have them.”

Eventually, Wayne Trace Local Schools hopes to have computers available to all students in grades 7-12. “Mobile labs” that would remain in the school building would be available to elementary students to provide them with a similar experience.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about how the 1:1 program could affect students in the district.