A Transformational Tech Experience
Rachelle Garbarine

For the last six years, Cardinal Gibbons High School Technology Department has partnered with tech giant Lenovo to blend education with cutting-edge technology. From initiating a 1:1 computing program to maximizing the benefits of meaningful technology solutions to student learning, the results “have been transformational.”

That is the description Gibbons Technology Director Lesley Coe gave in a case study about the school's 1:1 computing program. The multinational tech company penned the study over many months and will upload it soon to the K-12 webpage, according to Michelle Wiese. She is the public sector marketing manager for the case study at Lenovo.

Explaining why her company chose to feature Gibbons in a case study, Wiese said: “Lenovo has had a strong relationship with Cardinal Gibbons High School, and we felt that Cardinal Gibbons had a compelling story to tell about the 1:1 program that was implemented with student learning as the top priority. I think the case study does a great job of showcasing the thoughtfulness and strategy behind Cardinal Gibbons’ 1:1 program, and how its partnership with Lenovo helped the program come to life.”

“A laptop is just a tool that allows you to do what you generally need to do like any other school supply. But what they’ve allowed us to do all together in the 1:1 program is transformational," said Technology Director Lesley Coe.

To that end, the case study takes readers on the “multi-year odyssey” Gibbons, working with Lenovo, embarked upon “to realize the potential of seamless digital learning, driven by a 1:1 device program.”  It also details the many layers of products and programs utilized to fuel Gibbons’ technology ecosystem, better serve students, and help live out the school’s mission. Those layers range from providing each student with a computing device to arming each with powerful technologies such as G Suite and Microsoft Office.

Educator working with students on technology.

Ultimately, with nearly 2,000 computers to manage at Gibbons, “technology simply can’t be separated in the education environment,” Coe stated in the study. “Technology must be educationally driven, not just technology-driven to make good on our pledge to students,” she added. “It must do what’s right, not what’s easy.”

Moving Gibbons technologically into the 21st century was far from easy. Now, however, the school can “reap the rewards of its technology innovations.”

Those benefits, listed in the case study, include:

Easier personalization allows students to lean into their learning strengths.
Learning out of class drives richer in-class collaboration and exploration.
Family engagement increases with teaching and learning opportunities and outcomes.
Students gain an advanced level of computer literacy and competence as well as become savvy.
Participants receive exposure to creative troubleshooting and problem-solving.

All those benefits and more reflect Coe’s description of technology in the classroom at Gibbons as transformational. Elaborating Coe said in the study’s conclusion: “A laptop is just a tool that allows you to do what you generally need to do like any other school supply. But what they’ve allowed us to do all together in the 1:1 program is transformational.”

Read the entire case study.

 

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