Access to technology is a fundamental right, a learning necessity, and supports our aim for every DPS student to become digitally literate. DPS is committed to liberating teaching and learning through culturally responsive and inclusive integration of technology and library resources.
The MyTech program is a key component of that mission. The MyTech program is modeled on the successful experiences of other U.S school districts, and on research indicating that student outcomes improve when a one-to-one implementation is thoughtfully planned and executed.
Through MyTech, students receive district Chromebooks and resources to access the Internet, when needed, to use at school and home. Teachers receive digital coaching support to focus on further integrating digital resources into their classroom instructional practices and in personalizing their work with individual students
The MyTech program enables DPS to achieve a more equitable distribution of digital resources by providing computer access – both inside and outside of DPS facilities – for students.
Having their own access to Chromebooks to use throughout the school year – both at school and at home – expands students’ time and resources for learning. With most higher education and employment opportunities requiring essential computer skills, students will be more digitally literate and better prepared for their future college and career prospects.
Each of the schools in the program receive the support of a Digital Coach. These coaches have a simple, yet critical role: to support teachers in leveraging technology to impact instruction. Each coach collaborates closely with school administrators and teachers to connect the potential of a one-to-one program to real success in the classroom.
Digital Coaches do this through the delivery of high quality professional learning and individual coaching cycles, so that students have both the access and opportunity to use technology meaningfully. This work is also supported by the Regional Coaches from the Educational Technology team who work hand in hand with the Digital Coaches to identify best practices and help to spread those practices across the district.