10 Steps to an Affordable Educational Technology Plan

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Affordable educational technology needs to first be effective and therefore requires a clear educational vision that addresses the needs of 21st century learners. This holistic educational approach will then guide the direction for technology expenditures and use.

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10 Steps to an Affordable Educational Technology Plan

  1. 10 Steps to an AffordableEducational Technology Policy Sam Gliksman samgliksman@gmail.com Twitter: @samgliksman http://ipadEducators.ning.com
  2. About Sam Gliksman Director of Educational Technology, New Community Jewish High School Independent Consultant Working with 1:1 and BYOD programs Founder of iPads in Education website http://iPadEducators.ning.com Twitter: @samgliksman Email: samgliksman@gmail.com
  3. Today’s Objectives Define 10 Steps to an Affordable Educational Technology Plan Develop a cost effective, sustainable educational technology plan that addresses 21st century educational needs Steer the discussion in a positive direction… and you won’t always agree with me …
  4. “Affordable”… has to be “Effective” “Affordable” educational technology has to address a vision for its use
  5. You purchase personal technologyto fit your specific lifestyle
  6. 1995 What were you doing?
  7. What do they all have in common … ?
  8. What’s significant isn’t that they went out of business They were market leaders for entire industries that quickly became obsolete… They didn’t adjust to the changing needs of a rapidly evolving market
  9. And what about education?
  10. Have we reached OUR moment?Are schools delivering a 20th century educationthat’s becoming obsolete?Are we adequately preparing children for theirrapidly changing lives in the 21st century?
  11. How does this impact our educational technology? Technology is NOT the answer… Unless educational technology is integrated into learning models that address 21st century needs
  12. 1. Clarify your educational vision
  13. Technology has changed the rules of the gameAccess to knowledge used to be scarceSchool was designed to be a hub that brought people andcontent togetherBut now content is everywhere.“Educations needs to deal with abundance - not scarcity” Will Richardson
  14. How do reform education? It’s all about context!
  15. The only constant is … change
  16. Computing power Today’s washing machine has more computing power than all NASAs computing resources when it first landed man on the moon
  17. Capacity Price of 1 gigabyte of memory in 1981? $300,000 Price of 1 gigabyte in 2012? 10 cents
  18. Ubiquity Anyone have a cell phone?
  19. Affordability
  20. Pervasive Children use technology 7 hrs a day on average – up to 50 hours a week Children spending twice as much time looking at screens as they do sitting in class It’s changing the way they process information and learn
  21. Connected – Social Networking Facebook didn’t exist prior to 2004… Today 1 out of every 9 people on the planet has a Facebook page
  22. Mobile and NetworkedACSD study  69% of US high schools ban mobile devices on campus  In schools that ban mobile devices, 63% of students use them anyway  47% say they can text message with eyes closed
  23. Essential What technology do you “need”? They all have one thing in common None existed 10 years ago What will you “need” 10 years from now?
  24. If context is important… Children starting elementary school today will graduate in 2024 What will the world look like in 2024? How do we educate and prepare children for a world we don’t know anything about?
  25. What should learning look like in the 21st century?
  26. 21st century learning is … Connected
  27. 21st century learning is … Mobile, anytime-anywhere Physical & virtualStudent centered, personalized
  28. 21st century learning is …New literacies , Prioritized skills (ISTE NETS) CollaborativeCreation (and sharing) vs consumption
  29. 21st century learning is … MultimediaCreative thinking over memorization Graduates independent learners
  30. 1. Clarify your vision2. Invest in infrastructure
  31. Infrastructure: Connectivity  Future is wireless and mobile  Two elements to consider: 1. What connection comes in to campus? 2. How well is it distributed within campus?  Filtering and monitoring?
  32. Infrastructure: Facilities  Do your physical facilities support your learning program?  Easily arranged furniture, color, daylight, open spaces etc…
  33. 1. Clarify your educational vision2. Invest in wireless infrastructure3. Save on classroom projection
  34. Classroom Projection  Classroom projection is major budget item for most schools  Heavily dominated by SmartBoard category  Two critical questions:  Does investing in frontal teaching fit your vision?  Do you get value for your investment?
  35. Smartboard alternatives Interactive projectors HDTV
  36. 1. Clarify your educational vision2. Invest in infrastructure3. Save on classroom projection4. Decide on student technology model
  37. Technology access model Lab, mobile cart – Limited access, shared, school financed and maintained 1:1 Laptops – Anytime dedicated access – School purchased, often parent financed – School maintained and controlled Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – Anytime dedicated access – Parent financed, no maintenance … inexpensive – Limited control – Web oriented – Middle, high school
  38. Trending towards BYOD… Cheap, powerful computers and prolific web services BYOD devices typically more robust, up to date and personalized Students more engaged, greater accountability Digital divide - Funds saved on tech can be applied to subsidies Our goal is to make the educational tools accessible no matter where they are or what device they use
  39. 1. Clarify your educational vision2. Invest in infrastructure3. Save on classroom projection4. Decide on student technology model5. Develop a virtual learning environment
  40. Online and blended learning Over 6 million students took online course in 2010 (Babson Research) 200,000 students currently attend online school full time Predicted 50% of school courses will be online in 10 years ?
  41. Do you need school to provide access to Teachers?
  42. iTunes UniversityHundreds of universities such asStanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley distributetheir content publicly
  43. Online learning is becoming… Interactive and driven by interest Personalized, networked and collaborative Instant formative feedback, corrective action
  44. Investing in an interactive Learning Management System(LMS) doesn’t have to be costly…
  45. Working within a virtual classroom Moving from posting data and content (announcements, calendars, handouts) to… Vibrant place of learning and knowledge exchange  blogs, discussion forums  wikis  polls  portfolios  community interaction  live discussions
  46. 1. Clarify your vision2. Invest in infrastructure3. Spend less on classroom projection4. Decide on student technology model5. Develop a virtual learning environment6. Emphasize training and modeling
  47. Select and train your 15%...
  48. Culture change is most effective swelling fromthe bottom upSpend slightly less on equipment and sendculture leaders to conferences (CUE, ISTE)Success is contagious. Have teachersdemonstrate and train from withinHost workshops at school, combine with otherschoolsCulture change is not a one-time event - itrequires an ongoing commitmentModel top-down… start a blog, join Twitter,develop a PLN
  49. Change swells “ground-up” but is modeled “top-down” Create an open atmosphere of learning Start a blog Develop a PLN - Join Twitter and connect - Join online networks • ConnectedPrincipals.com • Classroom20.com • iPadEducators.ning.com
  50. 1. Clarify your vision2. Invest in infrastructure3. Spend less on classroom projection4. Decide on student technology model5. Develop a virtual learning environment6. Emphasize training and modeling7. Minimize investments in the 3 S’s
  51. Minimize Investment in 3 S’s: Servers, Storage & Software Incidentals: • Depreciating value • Battery backup • Data backup • Air conditioning • Physical security • Software security • Repair and downtime • Network consultant • Software upgrades Do you have a “server closet”? • Start over - replacement
  52. Minimize Investment in 3 S’s – Servers, Storage & Software Cloud computing can reduce hardware, software and IT costs dramatically … and add significant functionality
  53. Minimize Investment in 3 S’s – Servers, Storage & Software
  54. Yes, but … can it flip burgers for me? The 80/20 rule. Do you really need that function?
  55. Why Google Apps? Gmail, Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentations etc Free … and powerful Free feature updates Anytime-anywhere access Simple sharing and collaboration Compatibility 40 mill. users, 4 mill. Businesses Did I mention it was free?
  56. 1. Clarify your vision2. Invest in infrastructure3. Spend less on classroom projection4. Decide on student technology model5. Develop a virtual learning environment6. Emphasize training and modeling7. Minimize investments in the 3 S’s8. Throw away the textbooks
  57. Information access the old way…
  58. Textbooks?
  59. Textbooks?4th EditionPrinted in 2009
  60. Apple eTextbooks and iBooks Author
  61. eBooks  Not just interactive and multimedia  Include testing and formative assessment  “Social reading”
  62. Textbook Alternatives … BUILD a common knowledge base Use a class wiki: Wikispaces.com
  63. Textbook Alternatives … Collect and Organize InformationMuseumBox.e2bn.org LiveBinders.com
  64. Textbook Alternatives … Social Bookmarking Diigo.com
  65. 1. Clarify your vision2. Invest in infrastructure3. Spend less on classroom projection4. Decide on student technology model5. Develop a virtual learning environment6. Emphasize training and modeling7. Minimize investments in the 3 S’s8. Throw away the textbooks9. Flexibility is vital
  66. Today’s technological miracle … quickly becomes tomorrow’s party joke If it seems really expensive … there’s probably a good alternative on the way
  67. 1. Clarify your vision2. Invest in infrastructure3. Spend less on classroom projection4. Decide on student technology model5. Develop a virtual learning environment6. Emphasize training and modeling7. Minimize investments in the 3 S’s8. Throw away the textbooks9. Flexibility is vital10. Utilize government subsidies
  68. California Teleconnect Fund
  69. "If we teach todayas we taught yesterday,we rob our children of tomorrow" - John Dewey
  70. Every new challengepresents an opportunity for excellence
  71. Thank you for your time and patience!Sam GliksmanEmail: samgliksman@gmail.comTwitter: @samgliksmaniPads in Education community sitehttp://iPadEducators.ning.com

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