Current Technology Our High school is functioning but falling behind in the area of technology. Wecurrently have the following: • 4 desktop labs • Business Lab (AMD Triple-Core) 4GB of RAM (Apr 2010) • ICC (Athlon 64) 2 GB of RAM (Aug 2006) • Vitual Lab (Athlon 64) 1.5 GB (Mar 2005) • Rm 128 (Athlon 64) 512 MB (Aug 2004) • 1 mobile lab (Athlon 64) 1GB (May 2008)
Where Do We Want To Go?We have to first figure out which direction we will head andthen resolve cost and implementation.• Are we looking to augment what we already have by providing a hand-held device which provides web access, eBook capability, multiple apps, and limited processing capability?• Or, are we looking for something more capable with all the functions available that the student would find at school?• Could we be looking for something just to replace hard copies of books and text and still have internet access to fully utilize eBook capabilities?• Do we implement this new technology right away or transition into it?
Needed for One to One Success• Teachers buy-in and early use of device• Teachers’ ongoing, embedded professional learning and practice• Teachers’ meaningful integration of technology tools and time to develop• Teachers’ time to adapt instructional techniques, retool, engage new strategies Igniting 21 st century learning
Community buy-in• Can these new devices be supported outside of the school?• Can we sell whatever type of change we do to the community?• In these economic times, can we justify this change?
Side by Side Comparison Model iPad 2 Galaxy 10.1 Kindle Fire Manufacturer Apple Samsung Amazon Android Honeycomb Operating System iOS5 3.1 Android Storage 16GB 16GB 8GB Size 9.5" 10.1" 7.5" Resolution 1024x768 1280x800 1024x600 Weight 21.3 oz 19.9 oz 14.6 oz 0.3MP front, 1MP Camera rear 2MP front, 3MP rear None Proprietary dock port Proprietary dock port Micro USB and Expansion Slots and 3.5mm audio and 3.5mm audio 3.5mm audio Cost $499.00 $499.00 $199.00
Laptop OptionPortable computers that include screen, keyboard, and trackpad with full operatingsystem and programming. All come with a power cable and battery which usually lastapprox. 3 years before fading. A model powerful enough to handle all applications usedhere at the HS (including Office, CAD, and Adobe CS5) will cost approximately $1000not including a cart or bags to put them in. This is a Dell Alienware M11x • IntelCore i5 2467M 1.6 GHz • 11.6” Display (720p/1366x768) • NVIDIA GeForce GT540M (1GB) • 6GB of RAM • 320 GB 7200rpm Hard drive • Wireless N Approx. cost = $999.00
Additional ThoughtsBesides the initial cost of equipment there will always be additional itemsneeded in order to implement them into the school or home. These itemsinclude:• Computer bags• Protective Covers• Software or Apps• A cart (if mobile lab is chosen)• An evaluation of our Wi-Fi capabilities• Student access to Wi-Fi outside of school • Most tablets use Wi-Fi to extract data from the “Cloud”. • Is Wi-Fi at local businesses available beside homes and library?
Conclusion To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill