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.