Education Technology Integration
Ten years of developing, implementing, and deploying a successful 1:1 laptop program for Grades 6 through 12 Benefits: Academic Return On Investment (ROI) was very high Typically 1-4 hour repair turnaround, loaners provided during extended repairs Seamless user adoption Full network technical visibility Student user management: teachable moments re responsible use Teachers quickly recognized and embraced additional teaching technologies Cost: School-purchased machine was provided. Parents covered the expense of notebook, extended warranty, accidental damage coverage, and on-site arrive for a three-year period.Game Plan Create a 1:1 program that attracts leading educators and staff with outstanding technological expertise and capabilities.
Fully leverage our existing Microsoft School Agreement by including students. Windows software will be available to all faculty and students, standardized across all notebooks. Improve confidence in IT Services by reducing user frustration, loss of notebook use, and the number of troubleshooting instances. Transfer time spent on troubleshooting and repair to improving faculty and student computer literacy.Each student uses a standardized, robust notebook/tablet researched and chosen by the School. Secondary devices are welcome outside of the classroom. Notebook has an operating system and education-based software ideally suited for the classroom environment Students are required to bring their School-distributed notebooks to class as essential learning tools Program is complimented by the use of Endnote, an electronic notebook that: Organizes student work Supports annotations Allows easy file sharing with teachers Belongs to Microsoft Office suite How does 1:1 work?Acquisition We contact known, preferred manufacturer representatives to provide demo notebooks for use in the education sector.
The most suitable notebook is negotiated for purchase in as large quantities as possible for cost savings. Deployment In collaboration with School pedagogy, software requirements are confirmed. A letter is sent to parents new to the program describing the program, the costs, and mentioning the successes the program has enjoyed to date. We host an out-of-the-box event with students and available parents.At this event a notebook program overview is provided with a brief explanation of School technologies, infrastructure, and warranty with an emphasis on laptop care. This is followed by a Q&A session with the notebooks being distributed to the students after the ALAS has been signed and returned. Maintenance past experience shows higher user satisfaction with a reduced overall cost in a school-based troubleshooting and repair environment.
In a 1:1 program, any troubleshooting or required fixes apply to all machines, maximizing efficiency.Benefits of 1:1 (overview) Collective buying power In-house student notebook repairs Standardized support and training Focus on working vs. troubleshooting Unified classroom experience One notebook vs. ?50 different types of devices Improved teacher-student assistance Collective Buying Power What we do currently (BOYD) Parents purchase machines for students at consumer outlets – no bulk cost savings Purchases are based on minimum-performance specifications and user preferences When not using a 1:1 model, research indicates 25-40% additional costs absorbed by the school and students.What we would like to do (1:1+) Cost savings for parents when the school negotiates and purchases ?1 00 daybooks The School selects the most suitable notebook for the BCC academic environment and related technologies In-house Notebook Repairs Minor fixes may be performed on site depending on warranty Majority of student repairs are done off-site as required by various manufacturers warranties at students expense Off-site repairs are slow, leaving the student without a notebook for classroom use.What we would like to do (1:1+) Use a proven on-site repair method, self-maintaining Repairs would be done on-site without the notebook being shipped off- amp’s for repair This gives us an opportunity for quick turnaround, keeping the notebook in the student hands Spare parts inventory, tools specific to the notebook model, and an accumulated repairs knowledge base would be kept as a repair resource.Standardized Support and Training Very little training is provided to students because of multiple devices Students are given a brief orientation session at the beginning of the year.
Often the scripts we have provided to automate their setup do not work because Of the device diversity. Faculty and students are reluctant to request IT assistance due to a history of inadequate support. Our mandate is to create an inclusive ecosystem with equitable access to core technologies.