Beginning in 2013, Goochland Elementary had become an iPad 1:1 school in grades 3-5. In October, 2015, Goochland County’s 1:1 initiative around deeper learning was named by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Program, a designation provided to qualifying schools and districts based upon issues relating to leadership, promising educational outcomes for students, and a vision for innovation in learning.
You can learn more about the division’s journey to a 1:1 program for students in this media-rich eBook through Apple’s iBook bookstore. Access Deeper Learning by Design for free.
Goochland runs its own insurance program charging families a $30 fee for covering repairs to iPads annually. This program, coupled with quality cases provided with each iPad, keeps repairs to a minimum. Students take home the iPads daily and turn them in at the conclusion of the school year. Some students qualify for the Kajeet Smart Spot program offered to students, providing 4G LTE wireless wifi if families cannot afford broadband service to their home.
iPad issues are handled at the school by the school librarian in consultation with the division technology team and our elementary instructional technology coach. 802.11a/c wireless is available throughout the school, providing high-speed, filtered internet to students across all grade levels on MacBooks and iPad devices. When students take iPads home, their connection to the internet is still filtered through the school’s filtering system.
Students in grades 3-5 are given Google Accounts. These accounts give students access to Google Drive and the first-class G-Suite of services offered free of charge to schools across the world. In addition, students use Google accounts to access other services such as our learning management platform, Schoology.
Parents can contact the school to access a “parent access code” to connect to their child within Schoology to follow classroom events and news.