What is Access Oak Ridge?
Access Oak Ridge is the digital 1:1 initiative – putting a digital device in the hands of every student – currently in the pilot phase at Oak Ridge Schools (ORS).
Why Go Digital?
Digital literacy has become increasingly essential in preparing students for college and career readiness in today’s world. The realities of the 21st century include widespread technology integration in both higher education and the workplace. As such, our students must be prepared to compete in a rapidly-changing, global economy that requires new skills.
To address these new realities and continue to carry the mantle of academic excellence into the 21st century, ORS leadership has made a commitment to leading the charge for 21st century learning. Access Oak Ridge will enable ORS to incorporate cutting-edge technology in and out the classroom. This form of digital adoption will be critical to keeping and attracting the top educators to Oak Ridge, as well as attracting area businesses and families choosing schools for their children.
Additionally, a wealth of studies show that, when implemented properly, digital 1:1 initiatives lead to substantial and measurable benefits and gains for both students and staff. ORS leadership has long-emphasized the integration of technology in the classroom and made significant progress to this end over the past several years. Now, in order to fully realize the benefits of digital adoption, we are rolling out our digital 1:1 initiative to put technology in the hands of every student. This investment will enrich the growth of ORS students and staff, and allow them to reap the harvest of digital learning and leveraging new technologies both in and out of the classroom.
Fostering innovation and new ways of thinking through digital adoption will lead to greater differentiated learning and expand the classroom beyond the school walls for our students. We believe that Access Oak Ridge will help ensure that every student receives a high-quality, 21st century education.