The Mobile Learning Program is Changing the Way New Trier Teachers Teach and Students Learn
New Trier's one-to-one Mobile Learning Program (MLP) gives one iPad to every student. Since iPads were introduced into the New Trier classroom in 2010, feedback from the program has been overwhelmingly positive. These devices offer a unique set of features creating opportunities for individualized learning, increased student engagement, and the transformation of teaching practices.
Evaluations Performed by New Trier Committees
The district evaluates the efficacy of the MLP to ensure that New Trier is providing our students with a device that supports their learning needs and enhances their educational experience. Our initial evaluation indicated that the tablet-style mobile device features were critical to the program's success, including:
- Instantly record, edit, and integrate audio and video
- Immediate access to resources in classrooms
- A variety of easy-to-use productivity and curricular apps
- Increased digital communication with teachers
- Efficient feedback between teacher and student
- Improved classroom routines and practices
- Improved student organization and management of work
New Trier evaluates the iPad program through curriculum-focused committees comprised of teachers, administrators, and instructional technology specialists. The Learning & Technology committee's role is to better understand what students consider meaningful learning and engagement. The Technology Philosophy Committee, focuses its attention on technology in the New Trier classroom as well as ask those critical questions that guide conversations regarding district policies. These committees put teaching and learning at the center of their conversations, and decisions about technology at New Trier will be appropriately guided by their work.
With the Board's support of a one-to-one program, the district will partially subsidize iPad costs with families paying a reduced price and retaining permanent ownership of the iPad. A shared cost acknowledges that the device can be used at home and at school for both personal and educational purposes. The district also supports the increased use of digital textbooks, which has proven to reduce textbook costs for families.
Only New Trier Students Are Eligible
Only students who are enrolled during the school year may purchase an iPad through the New Trier MLP program. If a student acquires an iPad from the district and subsequently does not attend New Trier (either opting for another local school or relocating out of the district), the iPad must be returned before the first day of school, and the purchase will be promptly refunded.