1:1 Student Technology Initiative

About Our 1:1 Student Device Initiative

The mission of the 1:1 device initiative in the Farrell Area School District will focus on using the device as a tool to provide students with effective and engaging instruction based on the standards and curriculum of the district. The digital content, strategies, and resources embedded in the curriculum will provide support for planning instruction with technology, not teaching the technology itself. The primary goal is always effective, engaging instruction. 
 
The focus of the 1:1 device program at Farrell Area School District is to provide tools and resources for the 21st Century learner. Excellence in education requires that technology is integrated seamlessly throughout the educational curricula. Increasing access to technology is essential in building upon college and career readiness skills. The individual use of devices is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace.
 
Learning is a result of the continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents and the extended community. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. Effective teaching and learning with devices integrates technology into the curriculum anytime and anywhere. 
 
The Farrell Area School District encourages students to use a variety of technologies to enhance their learning. With this privilege and opportunity to explore resources comes responsibilities for parents and for students. To ensure the privacy and safety of our students, and to protect data and our resources, we ask parents and students to become familiar with the policies and regulations that have been established for technology use in the district. Farrell Area School District’s aim is to maintain an environment that promotes ethical and responsible conduct in all electronic resource activities. The procedures, guidelines, and other information within this document apply to all technology used in Farrell Area School District.
All students and their parent/guardian must sign and return this form before the student will be permitted to use any district technology.
All students and their parent/guardian must sign and return this form before the student will be permitted to use any district technology.
Distance learning students in all grades
Distance learning students in all grades

Frequently Asked Questions

Which students will receive a device?
All students in grades K-2 will be issued an iPad and all students in grades 3-12 will be issued a Chromebook once the applicable agreements have been signed and returned.

Is there any cost to me?
Every student of the Farrell Area School District will be issued a device at no cost once the applicable agreements have been signed and returned. However, the student's parent/guardian will be financially responsible for any loss or damage due to negligence or intentional misuse.

Can my child take their device home?
Parents/guardians of students in 5-12 can optionally agree to allow their child to take their Chromebook home with them by filling out the reverse side of the Student Chromebook Agreement. All students enrolled in the Farrell Distance Learning Academy are eligible to opt in to taking their device home. Any distance learning student in grades K-4 that switches from distance learning to in person learning must leave their device at school.

Does my child keep their device during the summer?
All students, including those enrolled in distance learning and those that opted to take their device home must return and leave their device at the school at the end of the school year. The technology department will clean the devices and perform necessary maintenance during the summer.

What if there is an issue with my child's device?
Students should inform their teacher if there is a software or hardware issue, physical damage, or loss/theft of their issued device. Teachers will inform the technology department using the district technology help desk system.

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