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"I was very impressed with the Immersion Training for the teachers and the OTO Digital Coach did a phenomenal job with our staff. The teachers came in feeling very overwhelmed about the new 1:1 program but by the end of the training, they were much more at ease. This training was essential to getting our 1:1 off on the right foot."

Sarah Wood
Technology and Media Integration Specialist
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

“I just wanted to say thanks for giving me direction with the Principals/Leadership team. I created a walk-through form to collect data, and the principals now have iPads to use to collect that data.”

Tracy Watanabe
Technology Integration Specialist
Apache Junction Unified School District  

“I am glad to see the evaluation shows signs of transformation. That is exactly what we wanted. That transformation has to be attributed to your team’s presentation of their knowledge and experience. Thank you again for your patience, flexibility and professionalism.”

Mary Lange
Ed Tech Resource Teacher
San Diego Unified School District

St Joseph Academy

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School:            St. Joseph’s Academy

Address:         Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Grades:           9-12
Type of 1:1 Implementation:  Laptop Tablets

St. Joseph’s Academy is a private Catholic, college preparatory school serving girls in grades 9-12. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, SJA was founded in 1868 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who continue to own and operate the school under the leadership of a board of directors.

In 1994, St. Joseph’s Academy undertook an audit of its academic program. As a result, the curriculum was redesigned to ensure that what was being taught helped young women understand information rather than simply recall it. On the heels of the redesign came the realization that a more complex and sophisticated tool was needed to facilitate this new way of learning. In 1998, SJA launched a program to immerse the educational environment in technology training and usage, integrating the power of computer technology across the teaching culture.

While a 1:1 learning environment, and its technology immersion are cutting edge at the secondary level, SJA’s extensive experience proves their value. Students who work in 1:1 environments exhibit a greater engagement in their work; improved writing skills; higher-level thinking skills; and an enhanced sense of responsibility through care of their personal computers.

SJA has been recognized three times by the U.S. Department of Education as a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and was one of three schools in 2002 to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s Special Emphasis Award in Technology. The award honored SJA for its innovative and pioneering “Reengineering Learning” program that builds the education program around student usage of wireless personal computers.

Today, tablet computers are used to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in all academic areas. Integrating technology across the curriculum provides opportunities to enhance the instructional process and to raise the level of student learning and performance, producing active, engaged teachers and learners who undertake complex and meaningful tasks.

Schools from around the state and country visit SJA for insight into how to effectively implement a 1:1 program and successfully integrate technology into the curriculum. SJA relies on educational software such as Moodle and Dyknow to expand the possibilities of what can be done using laptop/tablet technology. Moodle and Blackboard augment classroom teaching with the power of the internet. Dyknow allows teachers to easily supervise and control student computers and encourage participation. Using these resources, teachers are able to make lessons engaging and comprehensive. Laptop/tablet technology gives students near limitless access to educational resources enhancing collaborative learning, critical thinking and independence. 

The crown jewel of the Academy’s technology program is the student-run Warranty Repair Center, which celebrates 12 years of successful operation this year. Paid student technicians maintain all computers on campus. SJA is among the first high schools in the country to implement a 1:1 laptop/tablet program fully supported by a student-run repair center.

SJA has created a technology outreach program in which staff members, students, and graduates bring access to technology and technology-based education to those who would otherwise not have it. From local elementary schools to orphanages and schools in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico; from the barrios of Nicaragua to the rural townships of South Africa, SJA technology teams have established computer labs and provided training to share the gift of technology locally and around the world.

One-to-One Institute is an international non-profit committed to igniting 21st century education through the implementation of one-to-one technology in K-12 education environments.