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  • 1. Teaching and Leading in aGlobally Connected LearningEnvironment New Orleans, Louisiana • March 25, 2013
  • 2. Backchannel Mobile LearningThe Backchannel URL for today is: invite you to post any questions or remarks tothe site throughout the day.
  • 3. Mobile Learning Environments  Dr. Sheryl Abshire - Asst Professor – Lamar, CTO - Calcasieu Parish Schools, University, LACUE Vice-President of Programs & Advocacy  Jake Ragusa – CTO – Ascension Parish Public Schools  Dr. Lonnie Luce – Superintendent – St. James Parish Public Schools  Dr. Michael Searson -President SITE, School for Global Educations & Innovation, Kean University
  • 4. Overview:Mobile Learning Environments
  • 5. Overview: Mobile Learning Environments www.cosn.org LML has released a new resource to help school leaders navigate the mobile learning landscape. The guide, which was developed based on the shared experiences of pioneering school and district leaders, industry experts and leading scholars, provides key information and tips to educate and support administrators interested in implementing mobile learning. The guide addresses common questions from administrators about mobile technology implementation, including:
  • 6. Overview: Mobile Learning EnvironmentsMobile Learning Environments How do we create a program with a sustainable impact on teaching and learning? What are the steps involved in implementing a mobile learning program? How do we optimize the investment of our technology dollars? How do we choose devices, networks and software for our implementation? What are the security considerations in implementing a mobile learning program? What are the policy considerations for a mobile learning program? What are the professional development considerations? What are the teaching models associated with mobile learning? What are the options for funding a mobile learning program?
  • 7. Mobile Learning Environments Jake Ragusa - - Director of Information Services and Technology Ascension Parish School Board  28 schools  21,000+ students  Adding an average of 500 students per year  Over 16,000 Computing Devices  Fiber WAN with 20 MB to 1 GB connections  Data Center with 10 GB infrastructure  Building 10 GB capability to each school and 10 GB LAN at each school  Dedicated taxation for School Technology
  • 8. BYOD: YIKES! Watch out what you wish for! Bring Your Own Device Technology Increased network demands  DHCP limits  Accidental bandwidth drains Increased Security Needs  Separate, unsecure network Increased HELPDESK calls  “INADVERTENT” connections  Repeating connection attempts
  • 9. BYOD Suggestions Hide the school’s main wireless network(s) and use policies to allow connections Assign quality of service priority for the main network Plan for at least two devices per person on the BYOD wireless network Authenticate on the BYOD network with username and password (SSO if you can)
  • 10. BYOD Suggestions Login screen with Policy reference and highlights Create guest usernames with a password that is changed on a regular schedule Do not allow connections between the BYOD network and any applications that are not secured for web access Plan for the impacts of bad connections to BYOD (separate radios, Access Points, etc.)
  • 11. BYOD in Ascension Parish Schools Security on the main network uses 802.1X, a security certificate, and policies based on user location and identity Security on the BYOD network uses user authentication to Microsoft Active Directory We use wireless heat mapping to deliver more effective wireless We use AP’s with a 5 GHz and a 2.4 GHz radio.  5 GHz supports the APSB devices  2.4 GHz supports BYOD
  • 12. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day APSB uses 10% spares of its devices at each site and cloud-based (and LMS-based) documents and apps to allow a student to just take the loaner device and move forward with virtually no downtime. Student workers from High School, local community colleges, and local technical schools are repairing the devices. We charge parents $20 for damage repair.
  • 13. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day Ten years ago my previous employer gave 200 computers to at-risk students 99% eligible for Free or Reduced lunch Grew to 500 devices at 3 schools Actually had some academic disruption in year one Student scores would rebound Few devices lost or damaged Survey and attitudinal evidence of positive impact on student self-worth and perception of the value of education
  • 14. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day APSB started its 1-to-1 initiative with 160 devices in 2007 with MacBooks at 1 school The goal throughout has been to test technologies and support strategies to identify the best options as we expand the project. Schools have been allowed to select the technology they will use (that will probably change very soon) The project has grown to over 3800 devices at 10 schools that go home with students.
  • 15. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day APSB currently has students using:  Dell Notebook Computers  MacBook Notebook Computers  iPads  MacBook AIR Notebook Computers  iPods  BYOD – A WIDE variety of devices. We also have some labs for testing that are using Samsung Galaxy Tablets and Windows 8 tablets from Dell.
  • 16. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day APSB has a robust and dependable network with knowledgeable staff. This includes wireless “n” support in all buildings and classrooms. Application distribution and management along with security on the notebook and desktop computers has been easily accomplished. There have been two great challenges in the 1-to-1 implementation in APSB schools  Teacher/instructional training and support  iPad/tablet management limitations
  • 17. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day Professional Development, Training, and Instructional Support for Technology has Tried Several Models:1. District staff with other instructional duties doing training2. Hiring outside professional development consultants3. Vendor and manufacturer trainers4. Asking administrators and leaders to model technology use5. Doing occasional technology training for teacher coaches6. Hiring Media Specialists instead of librarians7. Purchasing online training courses
  • 18. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day APSB is currently working to improve the effective use oftechnology to support student growth with teacher professional development that uses all of the above with some important adjustments:# 1 and # 7 are replaced by – A District focus on online and blendedlearning experiences to meet teacher needs. These resources arecreated specifically for APSB teachers by the cooperative efforts ofthe APSB School Improvement and Technology Departments.# 4 and # 5 are replaced by – A District emphasis that our teachercoaches work to support student growth with the effective use ofavailable technology resources by all.When vendor, manufacturer, or outside trainers are hired, SchoolImprovement Dept., Technology Dept., and the school staffcoordinate the form and the content to align it to APSB goals andneeds.
  • 19. 1-to-1: Ten years of Jake Learning and I am still learning every day iPad/Tablet Management Limitations Some minor modifications by Apple would make the iPad much easier to manage. We have figured out hacks, tweaks, and tools to do almost everything that we wanted. Some things are just a little different. The iPad is not really designed to download large apps wirelessly. For 2013, we will plan accordingly. Our Windows 8 tablets do some things better and some things worse. We are currently working with Apple and Microsoft on these issues, but these technologies are not yet matured.
  • 20. Lonnie Luce, Ph.D. - Superintendent Teacher, Assistant Principal (1992-1998)- Istrouma High School, Baton Rouge, LA Assistant Director of Independent Studies (1998-1999) – L.S.U, Baton Rouge, LA  Moved high school and university level correspondence courses to the Web Director of Technology (1999-2001) – Livingston Parish Schools, Livingston, LA  Managed technology in a district with over 20,000 students Chief Information Officer (2001-2003) – New Orleans Public Schools, New Orleans, LA  Managed technology in a district with 128 sites and over 70,000 students Deputy Superintendent (2003-2007)– Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC  Started out managing technology in a district with about 70,000 students and then was promoted to Deputy Superintendent Superintendent (2007-Present)– St. James Parish Schools, Lutcher, LA
  • 21. St. James Parish Public Schools Lonnie Luce, Ph.D. - Superintendent 10 schools 3,900 students Started a 1 to 1 Program 5 years ago with 7th graders using windows We will have a 1 to 1 program next year in grades 3-12 using Macs (only 7-12 will take them home) We have a 10GB fiber WAN to most schools and wireless GB to the others
  • 22. 1-1 Lessons Learned ONLY implement a 1 to 1 program if you are prepared to spend money on: Infrastructure Technical support Instructional support
  • 23. Lessons Learned - Infrastructure Make sure your WAN and LAN can support the additional bandwidth Make sure your wireless implementation is solid Make sure you have enough Internet bandwidth ( we have a redundant GB link to the Internet) Make sure you have a good filtering system that can handle take home computers
  • 24. Lessons Learned – Tech Support Ensure that you have good on-site technical support. Teachers will not use technology in their lesson plans unless it always works. Ensure that you have good technical tools to deploy applications. Imaging computers and deploying applications may become the biggest tech support issue. Have policies to deal with: broken screens, dead batteries, and broken chargers. Do you have a budget, or do the students/parents pay?
  • 25. Lessons Learned – Instructional Support  Ensure that you have good on-site instructional support. Teachers will not use technology if they do not know how.  Ensure that you have a good professional development plan. We require, by contract, that all teachers go through several days of technology training within their first three years with us.  Use media specialists and instructional coaches to supplement your on-site instructional technology support.  Train parents on Internet safety and user policies.
  • 26. Mobile Learning Environments Dr. Michael Searson -President SITE, School for Global Educations & Innovation, Kean University
  • 27. Mobile Learning Environments Guiding Questions for Discussion Is mobile learning the “next big thing”? Does mobile learning extend the learning day and focus student effort to gain better rigor? How has professional development changed to meet the needs associated with mobile learning? Can mobile learning be a strategy for districts tackling common core and new assessments? What further advice do you have for others interested in developing a mobile learning strategy?
  • 28. Contact Information • Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Asst Professor – Lamar University, CTO - Calcasieu Parish Schools, Current Vice-President of Advocacy LACUE – • Jake Ragusa – CTO – Ascension Parish Public Schools - • Dr. Lonnie Luce – Superintendent – St. James Parish Public Schools - • Dr. Michael Searson -President SITE, School for Global Educations & Innovation, Kean University Michael Searson -