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K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009



Presentation made at the K12 Technology Summit in Austin,Texas on 10/20/09 on Boston's Laptops for Learning Initiative.

Presentation made at the K12 Technology Summit in Austin,Texas on 10/20/09 on Boston's Laptops for Learning Initiative.



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  • I have a lot going on – need to refocus on L4L What’s good – LINC III. Lifecycle model – explain this, Funding Our efforts focus on the teacher – influencing what is happening around student learning with technologyShare lessons learned – managementDoing things on the fly studying the district; benchmarking other districts Lots of work went into it ahead of time – took a year before we even identified the tool- - Not technology for the sake of

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  • Laptops for Learning
    Melissa Dodd
    Deputy Chief Information Officer
    Office of Instructional & Information Technology
    Boston Public Schools
  • Agenda
    Access to Technology in the Boston Public Schools
    Establishing a Technology Life Cycle Model
    Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    Matching Technology to Teaching & Learning Objectives
  • Boston Public Schools
    District Profile
    Birthplace of U.S. public education
    135 schools
    56,000 diverse student population
    72% of students are eligible for free & reduced price meals
    20% Special Education
    20% English Language Learners
  • 21st Century Experience
    “Students will spend their adult lives in a multitasking, multifaceted, technology-driven, diverse, and vibrant world.”
    • Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    Impact on Education
    Turn the lights on in classrooms
    New practices to engage students
    New strategies to individualize learning
    New tools to connect & make learning relevant
  • Technology in the BPS
    Our mission is to provide the technology foundation, vision, leadership, and support for the Boston Public Schools community in the use of technology as a tool to achieve its academic and operational goal to increase student performance and close the achievement gap.
    OIIT’s work is guided by the LINC IV Technology Plan.
    Office of Instructional & Information Technology
    Communication & Collaboration
    College-Ready & Success Bound
  • Technology Use by Teachers in the Classroom
    47% of High School teachers disagreed
    56% of Middle School teachers disagreed
    58% of Elementary School teachers disagreed
    “I am currently using technology during instruction as much as I would like to.”
    Boston College 2008 Baseline L4L Data
  • Access to Technology for Students
    Mean frequency of students performing individual and group work with and without computers during class time across school type
    Boston College (n=2200 teachers)
  • Access to Technology
    In 2006, aging hardware crisis: 55% are Windows 95s, 98s, or old Macs
    Current supply of hardware resources does not meet the demand for technology in schools based on district initiatives and skills/learning needed for the 21st century
    No clear understanding of central office responsibility vs. schools for technology purchasing
    Addressing the Problem
  • Access to Technology
    Create a pervasive environment that empowers teachers and fosters high student engagement & achievement
    Maintain and support the Mayor’s 4:1 student-to-computer initiative with up-to-date technology
    Equalize access to technology for teachers and students
    Establish clear expectations and standards for technology, in partnership with schools
    Create a sustainable computer life cycle model
    Establishing the Foundation
  • Technology Life Cycle Model
    Phase I: Project Refresh
    Update all 95s and 98s in computer labs and libraries
    Ongoing deployment through Phase II & III of the remaining ~1/3 of computer fleet in classrooms
    Phase II: Laptops for Learning
    Deploy ~1/3 of computer fleet as classroom laptops for instructional use
    Phase III: Labs & Libraries
    Build in ~1/3 of computer fleet incrementally over 5 years
    Conceptual Model: 2008-2012
  • Technology Life Cycle Model
    Lease Technology:
    • Laptops on a 4-year lifecycle, Desktops on a 5-year cycle
    • Partner with City for low interest rates
    • Competitive RFP with bundled services
    • Lower up-front cost
    • Maintenance agreements & warranty with vendors
    Leverage one-time funds: Microsoft Reimbursement
    Establish ongoing commitment in technology operating budget
    Connect technology to district academic agenda:
    Funding Strategies
  • Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    Purpose: Provide a state-of-the-art, dual platform MacBook for use in the classroom to meet the 21st century needs of teaching & learning
    Requirements: Orientation training and laptop use agreement
    Capacity Building:
    Professional Development
    “Just-in-Time” Support
    21st Century Leadership Cadres
    Student Engagement
    Best of Both Worlds
  • Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    Voluntary program governed by Laptop Use Agreement
    Developed with Boston Teachers Union
    Laptop is for instructional use in the classroom
    $200 fee for lost, stolen, damaged laptop
    District has ability to collect laptops at any time
    BPS/BTU Appeals Committee
    Lockdown devices & “secure locations” in schools
    Computrace with Recovery Guarantee
    Anti-virus on Mac and Windows operating systems
    Published security guidelines
    Program Components
  • Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    Laptop Management
    District: image, patches/updates, support, embedding in academic initiatives
    School: inventory, setting expectations on use
    Teacher: basic care & maintenance, annual registration, data back-up
    Service Level Agreements
    24 hour turn around for hardware repairs through loaner pool
    Remote/just-in-time software support
    4-Year Vendor Partnerships (Apple & Parallels)
    Project management & professional services
    Professional development
    Capacity-building for BPS technology staff
    Program Components
  • Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    Support the multiple learning styles of adult learners
    Required training
    Centrally-offered & school-based workshops & courses
    Summer institutes
    Drop-in sessions
    Online tutorials
    Professional development impact
    4000+ seats
    1700+ individual teachers
    90% repeat courses
    Professional Development
  • Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    Exemplars in the Classroom
    Podcasting Math Concepts
    Creating Digital Stories with Students
    Classroom Blogs/Wikis
  • Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    Exemplars Across the District
    School Leadership Collaboration
    School-Level Planning Meetings
  • Laptops for Learning (L4L)
    21st Century Leadership Cadres
    • Engage district/school leadership with classroom teachers
    • Foster “a-ha” moments
    • Keep it practical
    • Focus on sustainability & on-going professional development/support
  • Lessons Learned
    Manage expectations – culture change takes time
    Make professional development a requirement
    Build out management capacity
    Drive action – swap out outdated technology
    Plan, plan, plan
  • Critical Success Factors
    Engaging Stakeholders
    Offer myriad opportunities for engagement
    Have community prioritize needs
    Engage the teachers’ union
    Seek a partner in implementation
    Build capacity in the district to support and champion the effort
    Communicate regularly & consistently to all stakeholders
  • Technology in the Hands of Students
  • Fostering Innovation
    Matching theTool to the Learning Objective
    Project Management
    Total Cost of Ownership
    Hardware Standards
    Technology Procurement
    Professional Development
    Support & Maintenance
    School’s Instructional Model
    Academic Objectives
    Learning Needs of Students
    Readiness of Leadership/Teachers
    School Culture
    Academic Environment
    Targeted Technology
  • Technology in the BPS
    iPod touches to teach English to recent immigrants
    Computer labs for credit recovery programs for “at-risk” students
    Mobile labs for in-classroom projects & individualizing instruction
    Netbooks for technology training programs for BPS families
    1:1 environments for pervasive technology-infused teaching & learning
    Media labs for graphic design, media, production classes
    PDAs for formative assessments
    Technology Targeted to Academic Environment
  • Contact OIIT
    Melissa Dodd
    Deputy Chief Information Officer
    Boston Public Schools