We are excited to extend our 1:1 Learning Initiative to Wellesley High School beginning next fall. The district has ensured that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support this move. Our teachers have been creating digital resources to support and enhance their classroom teaching including canvas course sites, lesson materials, and formative assessments to prepare them for college and career. With these resources, teachers are able to give quick assessments that inform their instruction and provide more timely and specific feedback to students.

Educational research indicates that, when 1:1 initiatives are effectively planned and implemented they can have powerful effects on student learning. Implementation factors that are linked to successful programs include sound leadership and vision, sustainable funding strategies, ongoing program evaluation, and continuous professional development. Effective implementations can result in exciting outcomes like these:

  • Students in 1:1 programs outperform non 1:1 students on standardized statewide achievement tests. (see link)
  • Students learn to use technology fluently as an educational tool vs a toy.
  • Learners participate in performance-based and project-based learning activities, and develop stronger 21st Century skills.

We have seen some of these benefits immediately, while others are evolving over time, as teachers and students learn how to take full advantage of the powerful new educational tools available to them.

BYOL Instructions for the First Week of School:

Purchase Option or Financial Aid Option: Students who are receiving a laptop through the Purchase option or through the Financial Aid option may sign up for a set-up tutorial and pickup their laptop at any time, click here to sign up for a session. If you miss the tutorial you can pick up the laptop in the tech center (room 356) at Wellesley High. Please make sure to bring your receipt of purchase from the WebTrac system. A protective case or cover is recommended.

Bring Your Own Laptop Option: Students who are bringing their own laptop can bring their laptop in anytime and are required to have them beginning Tuesday September 5. Students will need to set up the Wifi (Personal Devices), student printers and downloading required software. Please see our WHS BYOL Web Page for this information.

School Use Option: Students who are using the School Use laptops can pick them up beginning Tuesday September 5 in the tech center (room 356).

New Students: A limited amount of loaners will be available through the tech center (room 356) for students who are new and do not yet have a laptop.

For questions please email 1to1coordinator@wellesleyps.org.