We chose the station rotation model due to the number of devices per student and the amount of devices we had at the time. We have shifted our model significantly since going 1:1. This has provided our staff with an opportunity to become more flexible in how they personalized their content blocks for students' learning needs.
One of the biggest challenges was making the shift from a traditional model to a more innovate approach to target a wide range of learning levels.
Based on our lessons learned, we would advise the following: 1) Start small. 2)Choose devices after you have determined the instructional needs and model that you will implement. 3) Find your key teacher leaders and bring them to the table to lead the work.
Midway Elementary School is a public school in the Highline School District that serves over 715 students in grades K through 6 in Des Moines, Washington. The district strategic plan highlights one of their goals as having students "tech savvy and tech literate," by graduation. Highline is also a district member of the League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise.
Midway is richly diverse with a high percentage of students who are English Language Learners (ELL) and Hispanice. Free breakfast & lunch are provided for each child on a daily basis.
Midway was selected to implement and pilot a modified 1:1 model where each 3rd-6th grade student uses their own Chrome Book. Primary students are on a 2:1 model using Chrome Books and iPads. They have worked to develop an instructional model that personalizes learning needs by using technology tools, small group instruction and independent practice. Students' learning pathways are personalized through an MTSS model that assigns students by core and intervention support programs.
Midway staff regularly engage in differentiated professional development that is led by members of the Blended Learning Leadership Team. Midway has been a host to site visits for districts across the region and has been featured in national blogs.
Contact: Rebekah Kim
Midway Elementary School
22447 24th Ave S
Des Moines, Washington