VCHS is excited about the positive educational benefits that come from moving to a 1:1 iPad learning environment. Some of these benefits include the following:
Equipping VCHS Students for Success in College and Universities.
- VCHS Alumni regularly tell counselors about the prevalent use of technology in today’s colleges and universities. College students need to apply digital skills and exhibit self-discipline when encountering continual access to digital resources in college. Many colleges today give students a device to use and almost every college expects students to bring a device to class. In college applications, some colleges have even been known to pose questions related to self-control with the use of technology.
- Graduates of Valley Christian High School will be prepared to thrive in digital environments at their colleges and universities because their VCHS experience will include training in submitting homework online, posting meaningful contributions on discussion boards, appropriately using devices in class, and possessing the self-discipline and digital skills needed to succeed in hybrid and online classes.
With a 1:1 iPad program, VCHS students will be better prepared for university experiences, confident with their use of personal devices and ready to use them for effective organization, time management, and collaboration among colleagues and professors.
Equipping VCHS Students for Success in Careers
- In the professional world, businesses increasingly rely upon online education for training and professional development. Studies report that 94 percent of applicants have a technological infrastructure to support the delivery and management of training. Most initial on-the-job experiences will require students to be able to immediately demonstrate the ability to learn through a hybrid or online model.
- Once on the job, new hires become part of an environment where self-directed learning is the new norm. Training Magazine reports that, “Nearly half of our respondents had downloaded a mobile app to improve their job performance—even though their employer did not require it.” VCHS graduates will have the self-confidence and skills needed to excel in today’s digital workforce, able to more positively impact their communities and the world.
- As a commuter campus, VCHS understands that many of our students study and complete assignments away from home. Whether it be waiting for basketball practice, downtime during a theatre rehearsal, or riding home on the school bus, our time-savvy students appreciate the opportunity to harness these openings in their schedule and make them productive. Completing some studying and homework during these stretches allows students more free time at home and with family and friends. The 1:1 iPad program gives greater flexibility for mobile learning to occur―anytime, anywhere.
Increased Student Engagement
- Research supports that, when done properly, access to technology benefits student learning. One research study that spanned 1:1 programs in six different states showed that teachers and students agreed 1:1 programs increased student engagement. Students reported that it was easier to do school work and that a computing device helped increase their interest in learning.
- According to the U.S. Department of Education and recent studies by the National Training and Simulation Association, technology-based instruction can reduce the time students take to reach a learning objective by 30 to 80 percent.
- According to Project RED, a national research and advocacy initiative focused on how technology can revolutionize education, continuous access to a computing device for every student leads to increased academic achievement and financial benefits, especially when technology is properly implemented.
“I recently learned in one of my classes that, by the time I graduate, businesses will no longer be asking for resumes. Instead, they will look at your LinkedIn account. As businesses move into greater use of technology, it is very important for technology to be integrated into student education as well.”
~VCHS Alumnus, Class of 2012
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“Digital Textbook Playbook.” The Digital Textbook Collaborative. February 1, 2012. transition.fcc.gov/files/Digital_Textbook_Playbook.pdf