Waukesha ONE Mission and Vision
In the School District of Waukesha, every student deserves a customized learning experience that is responsive to student needs, that provides varied pathways to success, and that reflects the belief that learning is defined differently for each student. To assist students and staff in this critical work, the district is invested in providing universal access to essential tools, such as personal computing devices. Providing these tools, making them a dependable resource, and removing restrictions that will hinder the educational process are all commitments and core beliefs of Waukesha One.
It is no secret that the world is increasingly digital and that resources are available primarily through digital access. While that is a driving force behind Waukesha One, that alone is not enough to support this investment. The value of providing students with devices is the flexibility, adaptability, and ownership that students can experience with these devices dependably in hand throughout their academic career.Devices are not the key ingredient to creating a personalized learning environment. Mass personalization of learning, though, is not possible without technology. Placing these devices in the students hands is a critical step (albeit not the first step) in moving to a personalized environment. We eagerly anticipate the day that the novelty of devices fades, while the hard work of personalizing learning stands alone supported by and transformed by the access to the necessary technology.
Details about Waukesha ONE
All students will have access to devices. Students in grades 2-12 will exist in a take home model where each student is assigned a device that the student will use and maintain over an identified number of years. Students in younger grades will transition to this model as the classroom teachers sees fit. As we move to a more personalized model of flexible instruction and learning, the strength of a device designed for individual use, integration, and innovation is a perfect match for the goals of thenew educational paradigm the district embraces. In a self-managed model, one device is provided to each student by the School District of Waukesha. That device is the property of the School District of Waukesha and must be returned at the end of a refresh cycle.
In a self-managed model, the student (and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s)) can utilize the iPad as if it is their own. The student has permission to utilize a district provided email address on the device, to maintain a calendar on the device, and to utilize the iPad to maximize his/her own productivity and efficiency for educational purposes. Apps will be selected by teachers to help enhance instruction and learning.
Staff members will receive both a laptop (for the primary workload) and a tablet device similar to student issue devices. This tool set will provide staff members with the tools needed to complete their important work. Just as with student devices, the staff will live and work in a self-managed model with a number of support mechanisms in place to assist staff when necessary.
The School District of Waukesha’s Technology Department provides a “protected sandbox” for students to work and learn in. This means that while at school, students are given the freedom to explore and try new things; however, some protections and controls will be in place to maintain a safe learning environment for all. One key element of the plan is educating and preparing parents/guardians to provide similar protection and safety for students while outside of school.
In the event that a device is damaged, the Technology Department has devised an action plan to provide the student with a working device quickly to avoid unreasonable loss of instructional time. Damage, loss, or theft are key elements within the programs sustainability. The district will set forth expectations related to accountability, liability, and insurance.
To view our program overview publication, Waukesha One - Keys to Success, use one of the links below.
iBooks Version of Waukesha One - Keys to Success (formatted for reading on an iPad)
*Hint: To open in iBooks on an iPad, users should visit the link from the Safari browser (it will not open properly from Chrome browser on an iPad)