1:1 Program

Launched in 2012, the 1:1 Program reflects University School of Milwaukee’s commitment to prepare students for the 21st century. Its implementation evolved directly from USM’s mission to “embrace the challenges and opportunities of the future” in an equitable, student-centered, and forward-thinking learning community.

Through our 1:1 Program, students in grades 2–12 use a dedicated personal computing device throughout the school day and beyond.
  • Students in grades 2–5 use school-owned iPads.
  • Students in grades 6-8 use family-owned MacBook Pro or Air laptops.
  • Students in grades 9-12 bring their own personal device.
To ensure our students’ online safety, USM has installed firewalls to block inappropriate content with correlating software to monitor device traffic. Students and parents must also sign Acceptable Use Policies to ensure the tools are used in an appropriate manner.

How Does the 1:1 Program Benefit Students?

Research indicates that when students use their own personal device, the potential exists to improve and extend learning by:
  • offering a classroom environment where collaboration and creation are paramount   
  • allowing for different teaching paradigms 
  • providing students opportunities to participate in lessons off campus or review lessons multiple times afterward to reinforce the material 
  • empowering students with access to resources, people, and content, extending learning beyond the walls of the classroom 
  • increasing opportunities for teachers to assess students informally during class 
  • helping students organize their learning materials on one device - including electronic textbooks and binders, notes, video, audio, and graphics 
  • preparing students to be skilled technology users

Why a 1:1 Program?

The 1:1 Program goals support USM’s Academic Technology Philosophy, as it will help provide students with ACCESS:

Autonomy to 
  • Create  
  • Collaborate  
  • Explore  
  • Support all learners  
  • Share with the global community 

ACCESS will continue to frame how technology will support learning at USM.
Prekindergarten (age 3) - Grade 12 • Independent • Coeducational
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