1:1 Mobile Device Initiative
In 2014, the district began a pilot program to provide instructional mobile devices to students in 7th grade Civics and 9th grade World History. The program was a success, and in 2015, M-DCPS expanded the program to include all students in grades 8 and 10. By 2018, all secondary students in grades 6 through 12 were provided access to an instructional mobile device. As the district approached the Spring of 2019, elementary and K8 students were integrated into the project. Today, the district has transitioned to working towards the goal of achieving a 1:1 student to device ratio as part of it’s efforts to close the digital divide and ensure equity and access to technology.
The instructional mobile devices that M-DCPS provides to students range in brand, model, and device type. The district primarily operates in a Windows environment, however, pockets of iOS, MacOS, and Chrome OS Flex do exist.
Regardless of the device type or the operating system, students can access all of their learning materials and applications through the district’s learning management system.
M-DCPS provides instructional mobile devices to students to help them learn in a more engaging and interactive way. Students can use their devices to access a variety of educational resources, including textbooks, online courses, and educational games. They can also use their devices to collaborate with their classmates and teachers on projects and assignments.
The use of instructional mobile devices has had a positive impact on student learning in M-DCPS. M-DCPS is committed to providing its students with the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century. The use of instructional mobile devices is one way that the district is helping its students to learn and grow.