From Trailers to Buildings and Laptops to iPads


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Presentation on the various journeys in 1:1 experienced by the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, a small charter school in Hammond, IN. Presented at the e3 Conference in Warsaw, IN

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From Trailers to Buildings and Laptops to iPads

  1. 1. The AccidentalTechnician’s JourneyThrough 1:1 MarkT. Sienicki, M.S. Kelli Lucito, M.S. Anastasia M.Trekles, Ph.D HammondAcademy of Science andTechnology
  2. 2.  Discuss the challenges and advantages of 1:1 environments from the perspective of those who have administered and maintained them  Make informed choices regarding 1:1 devices  Describe curriculum management strategies related to the 1:1 environment
  3. 3.  The Hammond Academy of Science andTechnology (HAST) is a small, urban, public, open- enrollment charter academy serving grades 6-12 in downtown Hammond  TheVision: create an inquiry-oriented environment where every student had access to a device that could be taken home and used daily
  4. 4.  Advantages:  More familiar to students and teachers  More storage space  More freedom in multitasking and sharing documents  More versatility, especially on the Web  Challenges:  Software licensing is very expensive – some software originally planned for could not be ordered  Many breakable parts – many incidents  Challenging to manage with a small tech staff  Gaming and “secret multitasking” in class
  5. 5.  ByYear 3, a change was needed both for financial and educational reasons  Tablet technology was getting more advanced, and could be maintained more easily by a small tech team  Teachers and students could be more mobile within and beyond the school walls  Remove restrictions, or all restricted
  6. 6.  iPads – “self-insured”  Plan includes  Premium – every student must pay, including to take the device home  Premiums cover cost of potential repairs  Tiered system – successive premiums increase to where the third incident premium(the first not covered under AC) pays for the cost of a new device and two more $49 incidents
  7. 7.  Apple Configurator  JAMF Casper Management Suite 600 iPad and 150 MacBooks  JAMF Casper Focus app for classroom management  Device management using profiles on iPad settings
  8. 8. MACBOOK  Students like that it “does more”  Easier to type longer assignments  Some applications are more robust (i.e., iLife)  More software choice  Better testing compatibility IPAD  Students like that it weighs less; easily portable  Takes pictures and video much more easily  Portability – technology becomes more immersed in activities in and outside the classroom  Software is far less expensive
  9. 9.  We would have started with iPads from the beginning  Why? Less labor-intensive and more cost- effective  Small school = small staff
  10. 10.  Research on 1:1 at Project RED:  Apple Education:  The Challenges of 1:1 in the Classroom:  1:1 Leadership and vision - some warnings: for-educators/teaching-and-learning-articles/why- schools-must-move-beyond-one-to-one-computing/
  11. 11.  Mark Sienicki, IT Director, HAST:  Kelli Lucito, 8th Grade LanguageArts, HAST:  StaciTrekles, HAST Liaison and instructional design professor:  Slides available:  Twitter: @instruct_tech