In March 2013, the Oxnard School District reconvened its Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) for the purpose of collaborating on strategies for the successful deployment of new mobile computing devices. The group was representative of school sites and District departments and initially tasked with determining the key ingredients to a successful deployment of technology at a ratio of one device per student (1:1).
Since the inception of the program, the District have been able to fully integrate every child’s use of a 1:1 computing device into the design of learning spaces and support facilities. To date, over 18,000 1:1 mobile devises have been distributed to teachers and students to further enhance the learning environment in the Oxnard School District.
Integrated classroom technology affords the ability to use visuals and interactive software that promotes vocabulary development and hands-on learning opportunities which have been found to positively affect the academic achievement of all students, and are particularly effective with English Language Learners (ELL). Thus, one important area of collaboration between the educational program and the facilities program is in establishing a forward-thinking approach to the design and configuration of new school facilities, particularly in the area of classroom technology integration.