Connect and 1-to-1 program initiative part of technology school bond measure

Connect and 1-to-1 program initiative part of technology school bond measure
Posted on 10/25/2017
Connect and 1-to-1 program initiative part of technology school bond measure

Connect Personalized Learning
A Lomax Middle School teacher meets with a group of Connect students during project time. 

By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

The upcoming Pasadena ISD school bond election is calling for $10 million for technology funds to continue the district’s 1-to-1, Connect Personalized Learning and Refresh programs.

The 1-to-1 initiative provides students with innovative access to up-to-date computer- and web-based technology. The program equips students across the school district with computers and allows for additional collaboration, communication and support throughout the day.

“When technology becomes a natural part of a student’s life, they gain the knowledge and skills to compete in today’s job market,” Dr. DeeAnn Powell, PISD superintendent of schools said.

As part of the 1-to-1 expansion project, the 2017 bond proposal includes plans to continue the Connect Personalized Learning program, a digital educational platform that empowers students to work independently and customizes the instruction to meet their needs and interests.

Connect started as a way to increase engagement in the classroom and close performance gaps. The program was piloted in 2015 at three campuses in the district. This year, that number has increased to 23 campuses.

Every ‘Connect’ student in the district has a Personalized Plan, where they set learning and personal growth goals, track progress, receive immediate feedback from teachers and have access to learning resources 24/7. Students also have a personal mentor who helps them reach their goals. ‘Connect’ is structured to ensure students are prepared for college and a career.

“Connect integrates 1-to-1 technology into rigorous curriculum while driving students toward their academic and personal goals,” said Karen Hickman, PISD deputy superintendent. “Connect is the perfect recipe for student achievement.”

An additional component of the technology bond includes the Refresh program, which involves upgrading the network infrastructure to increase the storage capacity and maintain and install up-to-date computer hardware and software to keep the system current and efficient. This process is conducted every four to five years.

The technology proposal is part of a $135 million school bond package, which will complete the projects that were eliminated from the 2014 school bond.

Early voting is Oct. 23 through Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 7. For more information on the Pasadena ISD bond, please visit http://www1.pasadenaisd.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=32100912.