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 SDCOE Supports Schools Planning 1-on-1 Initiative

​​The San Diego County Office of Education is supporting the Vista Unified School District as it rolls out an ambitious 1-to-1 technology effort at two middle schools with the help of grant money.

The effort is part of a larger project to fund technology in eight middle schools across the country as part of a two-year project funded by the Verizon Foundation.

The Verizon Foundation has partnered with the nonprofit Digital Promise to provide students with 24-7 Internet access and tablet computers. More than 4,500 students and 350 educators are expected to participate. The goal is to document and measure how the schools create innovative learning environments with the technology, educator collaboration, and support of coaches.

The County Office's Integrated Technology Services division is helping with the planning and support for the Vista Unified School District and has offered to work with Digital Promise as it plans similar efforts in other districts.

“As the project rolls out for the next two years, we may be called up in different roles,” said Greg Ottinger, director of online and blended learning. These could include professional development and support resources among others.

In Vista, Rancho Minerva and Vista Innovation and Design Academy are participating. The other schools that are part of the effort are in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Schools were selected that have a high percentage of students from low-income families.