District 1:1 Device Initiative

Castleberry ISD's journey to bring one-to-one computing to the students in the district, also known as the district's Connected Learning Program began in the 2010-2011 school year under the direction of Renee Smith-Faulkner, who at the time was the Assistant Superintendent of Technology. 

One-to-One Computing Milestones

The district is proud to announce that all students in PK through 12th grade are officially one-to-one. PK-1st graders are provided iPads. 2nd-8th graders are provided Chromebooks. 9th-12th graders are provided a Windows Netbook. In addition, the district has three fully functioning WiFi towers strategically placed throughout the district to provide safe, filtered and secure Internet access to all students at home. 

COVID-19 Pandemic hits, allowing Castleberry ISD to expand one-to-one program to include students in PK-3rd grade to ensure students continued learning from home during the pandemic. 

Program expanded to 4th grade, providing each 4th, 5th and 6th grade student with a Chromebook, and 7th through 12th grade students with a Windows netbook. 

The Digital Equity For All project provided all 5th through 12th grade students a netbook device allowing learning to take place beyond the school walls.

Castleberry ISD leadership began looking into ways to bridge the "homework gap" that was affecting many of the students in the district. Through surveys, the district discovered a large number of students did not have a reliable home internet connection. Beginning in February 2017, the district's technology team met with multiple vendors to evaluate possible solutions to provide internet to students at home. This became known as the Digital Equity for All project.

The Connected Learning Program expanded to include students in 6th grade, now ensuring all students in grades 6 through 12 enrolled at Castleberry ISD were provided a netbook device. 

The Connected Learning Program expanded to include students in 7th grade, now ensuring all students in grades 7 through 12 enrolled at Castleberry ISD were provided a netbook device. 

The Connected Learning Program expanded to provide all 8th through 9th grade students a netbook, now ensuring all students in grades 8 through 12 enrolled at Castleberry ISD were provided a netbook device. 

The Connected Learning Program expanded to provide all 10th through 12th grade students a netbook.

All 10th grade students and students enrolled in AP courses at Castleberry High School were provided a netbook device. 

Students enrolled in AP courses were issued a netbook device as a pilot to the district's Connected Learning Program. 


District Commitments

Castleberry ISD is committed to sustaining and improving technology to enhance the instructional resources for educators and increase the academic performance of all students.

CISD believes the students, teachers, and community deserve the same opportunity that larger and wealthier districts provide.

Castleberry ISD will continue to support the use of technology in achieving high standards of teaching and learning in all classrooms for all students.

The technology staff works to ensure that all technology equipment purchased is compatible, functions efficiently, and is included in a long range replacement plan.

The district allocates local funds each year for replacement plans and network enhancements.

The school district has built a robust network, including three towers to broadcast the district's safe, filtered, and secure Internet connection to student homes. 

Since 1999, the Technology Department has received approximately $4,482,269 and counting in technology funding through discounts and grants.

Technology Belief Statements

All staff should be empowered to use innovative technologies by providing training and instructional support through individualized professional development such as one-on-one coaching, face-to-face sessions, on-demand learning, blogging, digital portfolios, and Twitter EdChat participation.

All students should use technology as a tool to foster critical thinking skills enabling them to solve “real world” problems by creating, communicating, collaborating, researching, and practicing digital citizenship.
Students should be allowed to personalize their learning and become creators of their own knowledge.

Technology presents new legal and ethical issues that should be addressed through instruction, organization, personal responsibility, and policy.

It is imperative to develop and nurture strategic partnerships with businesses, universities, and civic organizations to take advantage of shared resources.

Students, staff, parents, and the community should be supported in their quest for lifelong learning.

Student, staff, administrative needs, and the district vision should drive decisions concerning hardware and software acquisitions.

The district should stay abreast of emerging technologies that support administrative and instructional objectives that prepare students for tomorrow’s world.

Technology should be inventoried, maintained, upgraded, integrated, and monitored so that every teacher and student has equitable access to technology in order to achieve instructional objectives established by the state and district.

Teachers and students should be provided with technical support that responds quickly to solve problems in order to support the learning environment and ensure minimal downtime.