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.

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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
  • K12 Tech Summit Laptops for Learning 102009

    1. 1. Laptops for Learning<br />Melissa Dodd<br />Deputy Chief Information Officer<br />Office of Instructional & Information Technology<br />Boston Public Schools<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Access to Technology in the Boston Public Schools<br />Establishing a Technology Life Cycle Model<br />Laptops for Learning (L4L)<br />Matching Technology to Teaching & Learning Objectives<br />
    3. 3. Boston Public Schools<br />District Profile<br />Birthplace of U.S. public education<br />135 schools<br />56,000 diverse student population<br />72% of students are eligible for free & reduced price meals<br />20% Special Education<br />20% English Language Learners<br />
    4. 4. 21st Century Experience<br />“Students will spend their adult lives in a multitasking, multifaceted, technology-driven, diverse, and vibrant world.” <br /><ul><li>Partnership for 21st Century Skills</li></ul>Impact on Education<br />Turn the lights on in classrooms<br />New practices to engage students<br />New strategies to individualize learning<br />New tools to connect & make learning relevant<br />
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    6. 6. Technology in the BPS<br />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. <br />OIIT’s work is guided by the LINC IV Technology Plan. <br />Office of Instructional & Information Technology<br />Access<br />Information <br />Communication & Collaboration<br />Innovation<br />College-Ready & Success Bound <br />Students<br />
    7. 7. Technology Use by Teachers in the Classroom<br />47% of High School teachers disagreed<br />56% of Middle School teachers disagreed<br />58% of Elementary School teachers disagreed<br />“I am currently using technology during instruction as much as I would like to.”<br />Boston College 2008 Baseline L4L Data<br />
    8. 8. Access to Technology for Students<br />Mean frequency of students performing individual and group work with and without computers during class time across school type<br />Boston College (n=2200 teachers)<br />
    9. 9. Access to Technology<br />In 2006, aging hardware crisis: 55% are Windows 95s, 98s, or old Macs<br />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<br />No clear understanding of central office responsibility vs. schools for technology purchasing<br />Addressing the Problem<br />
    10. 10. Access to Technology<br />Create a pervasive environment that empowers teachers and fosters high student engagement & achievement <br />Maintain and support the Mayor’s 4:1 student-to-computer initiative with up-to-date technology<br />Equalize access to technology for teachers and students<br />Establish clear expectations and standards for technology, in partnership with schools<br />Create a sustainable computer life cycle model<br />Establishing the Foundation<br />
    11. 11. Technology Life Cycle Model<br />Phase I: Project Refresh <br />Update all 95s and 98s in computer labs and libraries<br />Ongoing deployment through Phase II & III of the remaining ~1/3 of computer fleet in classrooms<br />Phase II: Laptops for Learning<br />Deploy ~1/3 of computer fleet as classroom laptops for instructional use<br />Phase III: Labs & Libraries <br />Build in ~1/3 of computer fleet incrementally over 5 years<br />Conceptual Model: 2008-2012<br />
    12. 12. Technology Life Cycle Model<br />Lease Technology:<br /><ul><li>Laptops on a 4-year lifecycle, Desktops on a 5-year cycle
    13. 13. Partner with City for low interest rates
    14. 14. Competitive RFP with bundled services
    15. 15. Lower up-front cost
    16. 16. Maintenance agreements & warranty with vendors</li></ul>Leverage one-time funds: Microsoft Reimbursement<br />Establish ongoing commitment in technology operating budget<br />Connect technology to district academic agenda: <br />Funding Strategies<br />
    17. 17. Laptops for Learning (L4L)<br />Purpose: Provide a state-of-the-art, dual platform MacBook for use in the classroom to meet the 21st century needs of teaching & learning<br />Requirements: Orientation training and laptop use agreement<br />Capacity Building:<br />Professional Development<br />“Just-in-Time” Support<br />21st Century Leadership Cadres<br />Student Engagement<br />Best of Both Worlds<br />
    18. 18. Laptops for Learning (L4L) <br />Voluntary program governed by Laptop Use Agreement<br />Developed with Boston Teachers Union<br />Laptop is for instructional use in the classroom<br />$200 fee for lost, stolen, damaged laptop<br />District has ability to collect laptops at any time<br />BPS/BTU Appeals Committee<br />Security<br />Lockdown devices & “secure locations” in schools<br />Computrace with Recovery Guarantee <br />Anti-virus on Mac and Windows operating systems<br />Published security guidelines<br />Program Components<br />
    19. 19. Laptops for Learning (L4L) <br />Laptop Management<br />District: image, patches/updates, support, embedding in academic initiatives<br />School: inventory, setting expectations on use<br />Teacher: basic care & maintenance, annual registration, data back-up<br />Service Level Agreements<br />24 hour turn around for hardware repairs through loaner pool<br />Remote/just-in-time software support<br />4-Year Vendor Partnerships (Apple & Parallels)<br />Project management & professional services<br />Professional development<br />Capacity-building for BPS technology staff<br />Program Components<br />
    20. 20. Laptops for Learning (L4L)<br />Support the multiple learning styles of adult learners<br />Required training<br />Centrally-offered & school-based workshops & courses<br />Summer institutes<br />Drop-in sessions<br />Online tutorials<br />Train-the-trainer<br />Professional development impact<br />4000+ seats<br />1700+ individual teachers<br />90% repeat courses<br />Professional Development<br />
    21. 21. Laptops for Learning (L4L)<br />Exemplars in the Classroom <br />Podcasting Math Concepts<br />Creating Digital Stories with Students<br />Classroom Blogs/Wikis<br />
    22. 22. Laptops for Learning (L4L)<br />Exemplars Across the District<br />School Leadership Collaboration<br />School-Level Planning Meetings <br />
    23. 23. Laptops for Learning (L4L) <br />21st Century Leadership Cadres<br /><ul><li>Engage district/school leadership with classroom teachers
    24. 24. Foster “a-ha” moments
    25. 25. Keep it practical
    26. 26. Focus on sustainability & on-going professional development/support</li></li></ul><li>Lessons Learned<br />Manage expectations – culture change takes time<br />Make professional development a requirement<br />Build out management capacity<br />Drive action – swap out outdated technology<br />Plan, plan, plan<br />
    27. 27. Critical Success Factors<br />Engaging Stakeholders<br />Offer myriad opportunities for engagement<br />Have community prioritize needs<br />Engage the teachers’ union<br />Seek a partner in implementation<br />Build capacity in the district to support and champion the effort<br />Communicate regularly & consistently to all stakeholders<br />
    28. 28. Technology in the Hands of Students<br />
    29. 29. Fostering Innovation<br />Matching theTool to the Learning Objective<br />Project Management<br />Total Cost of Ownership<br />Hardware Standards<br />Technology Procurement<br />Professional Development<br />Support & Maintenance<br />Evaluation<br />School’s Instructional Model<br />Academic Objectives<br />Learning Needs of Students<br />Readiness of Leadership/Teachers<br />School Culture<br />Academic Environment<br />Targeted Technology<br />
    30. 30. Technology in the BPS<br />iPod touches to teach English to recent immigrants<br />Computer labs for credit recovery programs for “at-risk” students<br />Mobile labs for in-classroom projects & individualizing instruction<br />Netbooks for technology training programs for BPS families<br />1:1 environments for pervasive technology-infused teaching & learning<br />Media labs for graphic design, media, production classes<br />PDAs for formative assessments<br />Technology Targeted to Academic Environment<br />
    31. 31. Contact OIIT<br />Melissa Dodd<br />Deputy Chief Information Officer<br />Boston Public Schools<br />617-635-1687<br />mdodd@bostopublicschools.org<br />http://www.bostonpublicschools.org<br />http://connect.mybps.org<br />

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