Are you ready for one-to-one computing in your School?

Date Published
May 24, 2012 1:15:00 PM
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1. Is your network One to One ready?

  • a. Do you have the Wireless capability to handle every teacher/staff/administrator/student on wireless? 
  • b. Can your existing cabling handle the increased load on your Wireless devices? 
  • c. Can your area and core switches handle the massive traffic increase from Wireless devices? 
  • d. Can your bandwidth handle all traffic simultaneously hitting the Internet (as every teacher/staff/administrator/student goes online at the same time with a device)? 
  • e. Do you have methods prepared to limit unnecessary Internet access? (Filtering is one answer, but even limiting time on educational sites will need to be addressed, especially highly graphical websites) 
  • f. Increased access means data created will grow astronomically, are your servers ready to house this massive increase in data over the next 3-5 years? 

2. Moving to the Cloud? 
  • a. Do you have the bandwidth to move all or some of your data to the cloud (Google Apps)? 
  • b. Have you thought about what can be addressed with a private cloud? 

3. Are your Instructors ready?
  • a. Is your staff ready to teach in an environment where all students have a computing devise? 
  • b. Is your staff ready to transition from the role of disseminator of information to the role of a facilitator? 
  • c. Have you accounted for the training time it will take to have instructors proficient in these methodologies of instruction? Two in-service days? Weeks? Years? 

4. What are you going to phase out?
  • a. Have you considered phasing out while adding more is crucial for sustainability? 
  • b. Do you know that a lack of planning in the area of sustainability can be a recipe for disaster? 
  • c. What is your depreciation schedule for this new equipment? 
  • d. Is it possible to reduce printing costs and still deliver more materials to students through electronic formats? 

5. What are the devices you want to use for One to One? 
  • a. Does the device service both “Apps” and “Productivity” platforms? For example, Apps are programs that run on a tablet platform, Productivity could be a Microsoft environment used for testing. 
  • b. If the device cannot access both platforms, are you willing to forgo using one of the platforms? For example, making the choice not to use 100% Microsoft Products throughout the district if the choice is tablets for both staff and students – as it is imperative staff use the same tools as the students to insure seamless curriculum integration. 
  • c. Is the device you choose state testing compatible? 

6. Have you addressed how the new technologies will integrate into the curriculum? How will you insure curriculum drives technology and not the opposite?
  • a. What teaching strategies will you adopt/create? 
  • b. How will you address delivery of the curriculum through tablets? 

7. Are you planning to replace textbooks with tablets?
  • a. What strategies will you use to implement tablets? 
  • b. What are the ongoing costs of using tablets? 
  • c. Have you considered downloading textbooks to you local servers to lessen the load on bandwidth during the day? 

8. 180 days students use computers – if you provide computers for ½ the year, how will students continue learning the other 185 days?
  • a. Are you creating lifelong learners? How do they continue to learn outside of school? 
  • b. Have you considered opening your labs open all year long and evenings to accommodate student learning? 

9. Who will be charged with the overall integration of these changes in the district?
  • a. Will an additional load, if any, be put on the current technology staff? 
  • b. Who will be responsible for initial and on-going staff development? 
  • c. Who and how will you measure effectiveness and develop strategies to improve targeted issues as they arise in this transition? 

10. What is your time line for phasing in One to One computing? 
  • For effective One to One implementation, all key phases above must be addressed beforehand (and maybe some that can’t be foreseen). The key is to make sure you have taken care of everything you can predict, and adjusting to the things we cannot foresee.
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