So, I am the tech dude at our school, and I've been thinking about proposing something to our principal, but I've kind of been afraid to until I've really thought it out and maybe done a little research. My proposal is this: one of our main issues with doing things completely digitally is that not everyone at our school has access to a computer or internet at home, due to low-income or other issues. Because of this, we wouldn't be able to do things like assign homework that requires a student to research something online, or access an online textbook. So I would like to make sure that 100% of our students have access to a device and internet at home by loaning them Chromebooks through our library if they need one (to keep through the year), and explicitly connect them with discount internet services, such as Comcast's 10 dollar a month internet service for families which qualify for free lunch. Here are some of the reasons why we should take this action. First off, the standards are changing all over the place, such as with the NGSS (which in middle school requires an integrated approach mixing physical, life, and earth science which makes our current textbooks useless because they were all kept separate) and Common Core. New textbooks are coming out. New textbooks will be EXPENSIVE. They can cost anywhere from 100 dollars to 300 dollars. We have four classes that use textbooks per student. That is 400 to 1200 dollars per student to replace textbooks. Even if we were to go one to one, where EVERY student were to get a Chromebook (not my proposal by the way, only for those who need it), Chromebooks only cost about 100 to 200 dollars, and they'd be able to use them for all four textbooks, so that would be much cheaper, even if we still had to purchase digital versions of textbooks (which due to reduced production costs are only about 50% the cost of the original textbook). Even so, many textbooks are now available online for free for many subjects such as the CK-12 textbook for math and science. English and Reading teachers can assign free or much cheaper novels through Google Play instantly. Also this removes the issue of these books getting damaged. Students could access their textbooks anywhere (doesn't have to be on their school provided device) there is an internet connection. They'd also be much much much lighter to carry and store. Teachers can gather materials they want to use online and share them to students seamlessly via Google Classroom or other LMS. Speaking of the boon for teachers, teachers spend obscene amounts of time in the copy room making copies for their classes or waiting in line for the copier. All materials and handouts that they make can be sent to students instantly via Google Classroom. This frees up more time for the teacher to make more effective lessons. Also students can have easier access to their teacher and their teacher has easier access to their students at any time of day. If there is an issue with an assignment or the teacher just wants to share a message, an announcement through Google Classroom reaches everyone in the class at home or on their phones. An assignment can be assigned at any time or edited at any time. Since ALL students will have access to a computer, any student can email their teacher at any time. Also we have an online system for tracking grades. Not all students can or know how to access it. With everyone having access to the internet, every student can keep track of their grade at any time in real-time instead of having to wait for their teacher to print out a progress report. Having cheap internet access will of course also benefit the rest of their family as well providing internet use and research for the older members of their family and allowing them to connect to teachers more easily. This really is about providing equal access for everyone. All students are going to grow up in an age where so much of what they need to succeed and survive (job applications, information about healthcare, pretty much anything) is online. We really owe it to them to provide them with essential education in this area, and the tools they need to access it. We don't have the money to go 1-to-1 (but we do have a LARGE pot of money to be used specifically for technology which might cover this plan), and I think trying to do a BYOD plan will just highlight the inequity we have in families with technology, but at the very least, we should provide the tools to those who really need it. What do you guys think?