Huntley 158 has been recognized as a national leader among public school districts in effective integration of technology into the learning environment. The primary strategy for leveraging technology to maximize student learning is the Always Initiative, which provides every student K-12 with a Chromebook for learning use.
The Always Initiative is the largest K-12 fully 1:1 (one student, one device) implementation, meaning all of the District’s nearly 10,000 students receive a Chromebook device to facilitate their learning. This initiative began several years ago with a pilot program at one elementary school and grew over the years into full implementation with Huntley High School students receiving devices in fall 2016.
This commitment to technology requires ownership and responsibility on the part of the District, students, and families. The District has implemented a number of broad-reaching safety measures to create an online learning environment that is safe for students. This controlled environment includes filtering of content available on devices, the restriction of software (apps) available on devices, and the posting of the terms of service for these available apps.
However, no institutional measures could ensure 100% efficacy in blocking access to questionable material online. The District encourages families to closely monitor their students’ activities online and has compiled a list of internet safety resources for families.
In addition, student access is governed by the District’s Acceptable Use Policy.
Read the FAQ below for information on a number of common questions regarding 1:1.
It is the primary mission of the educational technology department to create, use, and manage appropriate technology resources to improve teaching and learning and the performance and abilities of our students and staff. This will be accomplished through continuous rigor and relevance with regards to the use of technology inside and outside of the classroom.