The 1:1 initiative began at Orangedale Junior High during the 2010-2011 school year with the EETT Grant. The following school year 6th graders gained access to the technology. During the 2013-14 school year the program expanded to include 3rd, 4th and 5th grade as well. Currently, all 7th and 8th grade students receive a mini that they can take home. The 3rd - 6th grade students leave their minis in the classroom. This access allows opportunities for student-centered learning, giving students more choices and allowing them to work at their own pace. It is in our Technology Plan to expand the 1:1 down to K-2, pending a funding source, within the next three years. In preparation of this, the district is piloting different types of devices to study instructional advantages, economic sustainability, and manageability.
Many teachers have created on-line classes in Moodle, the Course Management System available in the District. Junior High and other students take Common Formative Assessments on the computers, and many teachers take advantage of the technology to implement lessons/assignments for re-teach and enrichment based on assessment results.
On October 4, 2012, representatives from the Balsz District took part in a panel at the Arizona CIO/CTO Forum where they discussed, "1:1 – Lessons Learned and Still Learning":
Peter Bartanen, Teacher, 7th Grade Science
Hazen Kor, Network Engineer
Drew Miller, Technology Assistant
Dr. Julie Morgenthal, Technology Director
Benjamin Wright, Teacher, 6th Grade