There is a ton of research out there about the 1:1 initiative, in which students are issued devices by their school district in order to enhance learning. Our district began hinting at this change several years ago and as I began to take a look at all the research, I have to admit to being extremely overwhelmed. If it’s a ginormous (what a fun-sounding word!) idea for me as a veteran educator, I can only imagine what it will do to the minds of our parents. So I have decided to chronicle our adventure and share the ups, downs, and realities of this experience here. Look for periodic posts on this topic in the coming months.
My hubby and I have discussed the idea of our 4th and 5th graders bringing home devices, and frankly, we have quite a few concerns. I can’t get them to put their shoes in their room or remember where they put their library books (this marks the 3rd year we have paid lost book fees!). A device? Pretty scary stuff. This made me think about a few ground rules that we need to put in place at home, so I thought I’d share them here – use what you can and toss the rest!
Rule #1 – Device stays in a designated place.
Our house has been known to occasionally ingest items with no warning – socks, DVDs, library books…so having a place set aside for certain items has been essential in the survival of our stuff. I have a small case with shelves near the rear entrance of our home for stray shoes and papers that need to be signed and returned to school. This will probably be the resting place for any device and all of the pieces parts that go with them. That way, we save time looking for things in the morning and always know where they are.
Rule #2 – Device stays away from little sister.
I love my tiny human (a.k.a. Buddy), but she can do an incredible amount of damage in a short amount of time. So she will not be allowed to touch the devices her sissies bring home. Ever. Not even when she pushes out that bottom lip and fills those big, brown eyes full of tears – we all have to stay strong.
Rule #3 – Device does not travel with us.
We are constantly on the go – like, our home is more of a rest stop on most days than anything else. Whether it’s a quick trip to the store or a trek to church service somewhere, I’m going to insist that they leave their school-issued devices home. (Sometimes the car gets a little hungry for our stuff too!)
Rule #4 – Device stays away from the dinner table.
I’ve seen it happen and done it myself – the classic E.W.T. (Eating While Typing). It makes for sticky, nasty keys and screens that spread germs and bacteria from person to person…definitely keeping these away from food or drink of any kind.
I’m sure we’ll think of many more as we roll along, but these are the Big 4. Are your kids brining devices home from school this year? What rules have you put in place on the homefront?