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K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009
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K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009

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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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    • 1. Laptops for Learning
      Melissa Dodd
      Deputy Chief Information Officer
      Office of Instructional & Information Technology
      Boston Public Schools
    • 2. 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
    • 3. 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
    • 4. 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
    • 5.
    • 6. 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
      Access
      Information
      Communication & Collaboration
      Innovation
      College-Ready & Success Bound
      Students
    • 7. 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
    • 8. 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)
    • 9. 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
    • 10. 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
    • 11. 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
    • 12. Technology Life Cycle Model
      Lease Technology:
      • Laptops on a 4-year lifecycle, Desktops on a 5-year cycle
      • 13. Partner with City for low interest rates
      • 14. Competitive RFP with bundled services
      • 15. Lower up-front cost
      • 16. 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
    • 17. 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
    • 18. 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
      Security
      Lockdown devices & “secure locations” in schools
      Computrace with Recovery Guarantee
      Anti-virus on Mac and Windows operating systems
      Published security guidelines
      Program Components
    • 19. 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
    • 20. 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
      Train-the-trainer
      Professional development impact
      4000+ seats
      1700+ individual teachers
      90% repeat courses
      Professional Development
    • 21. Laptops for Learning (L4L)
      Exemplars in the Classroom
      Podcasting Math Concepts
      Creating Digital Stories with Students
      Classroom Blogs/Wikis
    • 22. Laptops for Learning (L4L)
      Exemplars Across the District
      School Leadership Collaboration
      School-Level Planning Meetings
    • 23. Laptops for Learning (L4L)
      21st Century Leadership Cadres
      • Engage district/school leadership with classroom teachers
      • 24. Foster “a-ha” moments
      • 25. Keep it practical
      • 26. 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
    • 27. 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
    • 28. Technology in the Hands of Students
    • 29. Fostering Innovation
      Matching theTool to the Learning Objective
      Project Management
      Total Cost of Ownership
      Hardware Standards
      Technology Procurement
      Professional Development
      Support & Maintenance
      Evaluation
      School’s Instructional Model
      Academic Objectives
      Learning Needs of Students
      Readiness of Leadership/Teachers
      School Culture
      Academic Environment
      Targeted Technology
    • 30. 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
    • 31. Contact OIIT
      Melissa Dodd
      Deputy Chief Information Officer
      Boston Public Schools
      617-635-1687
      mdodd@bostopublicschools.org
      http://www.bostonpublicschools.org
      http://connect.mybps.org

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