A team of faculty and staff from the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac will be partnering with the Fond du Lac School District to conduct research and evaluate the impact of the 1:1 computing initiative at Fond du Lac High School.
Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, all students in Grades 9-12 at Fond du Lac High School will be supplied with a Chromebook. The goals of this pilot program are for students to become effective 21st century learners, to actively take ownership of their learning, to be digitally literate and to use the four C’s – Creativity, Communication, Collaboration and Critical thinking – in order to be global citizens.
The partnership between the two schools began the week of April 23 with data collection and will continue through the next school year. Members of the UW-Fond du Lac research team will be documenting the impact of this initiative on student engagement, student achievement and teaching philosophy/strategy.
The research study will include classroom observation, focus groups with teachers, surveys of students and interviews. Results of the study will be shared with the school district, high school, and nationally through research conferences and reports.
UW-Fond du Lac Dean and CEO John Short says the campus community is looking forward to this partnership and helping to evaluate the new program.
“This is an important example of UW-Fond du Lac faculty and staff partnering with the Fond du Lac School District on an issue of mutual interest,” said Short. “We are excited to expand our commitment to community engagement and we hope that the results of this research will assist educational policy makers as the 1:1 computing initiative is fully implemented.”
Members of the UW-Fond du Lac evaluation team are Kathryn Johnston, library director; Maggie May, associate dean and mathematics professor; Valerie Mumm, world languages professor; Alayne Peterson, English professor; Lisa Schreibersdorf, English professor; Andy Schultz, network administrator; and Kristi Wilkum, communications professor.