Podcast: #TCEA15 1 to 1 Chromebook Presentation by Temple ISD

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to see what Temple ISD was doing in regards to the 9th Grade Chromebook initiative, a 1 to 1 program. Aside from a snazzy slideshow (nice job!), they had some core beliefs that jumped out at me:
  1. "Students who do not have technology outside of school are at an academic disadvantage"
  2. We believe that putting a Chromebook in the hands of every HS student will have a substantial impact.
  3. Having technology at home extends the learning environment beyond the walls of the classroom.

  1. 1 to 1 is concentrated on students and the device of choice is Chromebooks
  2. 8600 students allows a 5 year rotation schedule
  3. Presentation is adapted from one done at the State Capitol lately.
  4. This has been a dream for a long time.
  5. "Students who do not have technology outside of school are at an academic disadvantage"
  6. Continuum...Motive, Method, Benefit, Stories
  7. 75% of TISD students qualify for free or reduced lunch
  8. 27% of TISD students do NOT have a computer in their own
  9. 27% of TISD students do not have internet access at home
  10. Successful plans are built in the right order with the right people.
  11. "Technology is not even a blip on the radar in our district. I realize that is going to require money. Let's do something about it. So, we began a journey on how to fund a technology initiative."
  12. Building a Plan:
    1. Superintendent Leadership
    2. Implementation Plan: 1 to 1 starting at 9th grade. Prior to that, 2 to 1 cart solution of Chromebooks. Prior to that, we did some training.
    3. infrastructure,
    4. policies and procedure:
    5. equipment selection and management,
    6. support personnel allocation,
    7. digital textbooks and resources,
    8. student and staff training: spent 2 days, paid subs for high school teacher and TCEA did the initial training. The 2nd day, staff received a chromebook and developed a small project.
  13. We believe that putting a Chromebook in the hands of every HS student will have a substantial impact.
  14. By 2017 every HS student will have a Chromebook.
  15. Diploma=Chromebook
    1. Kids are going to take that device they received at 9th year. When they earn 11.5 credits, they can take the device home in the summer.
  16. Over 5million companies are using GoogleApps
  17. Having technology at home extends the learning environment beyond the walls of the classroom.
  18. MiFi available for student checkout (Verizon). It's attached to the MAC address of the Chromebook and GOGuardian is being used on Chromebooks.
  19. Requirements
    1. Parents must attend information meeting.
      1. Digital citizenship
      2. $31 insurance fee for Chromebook...students had sponsors.
      3. Focus of the 1:1 initiative:
        1. Access to digital resources
        2. individualized learning
        3. creativity and innovation
        4. critical thinking and problem solving
        5. communication and collaboration
        6. technology literacy skills
        7. college and career readiness
  20. Technology Integration Guidelines (click link or see resources section below)
  21. Check Out Process
    1. Parent Informational meeting
    2. intensive in-class student training
    3. forms submitted
    4. chromebook distribution
      1. Chromebooks will be checked in over the summer break. When students graduate, they will take their Chromebooks with them.
      2. Insurance coverage is required ($31). Annual fee and covers the following:
        1. accidental damage
        2. cracked screens
        3. liquid submersion
        4. theft
        5. fire, flood, etc.
      3. Repair process
        1. students brings damaged/malfunctioning chromebook to THS tech spot for evaluation
        2. student may be issued a temporary replacement
        3. the student's chromebook will be returned, when it is functioning properly
      4. Loss or Theft
        1. If there is a loss or theft the student must report this to the THS Tech Help Center Immediately.
        2. A theft report is required by insurance for replacement of the Chromebook
        3. GoGuardian provides Chromebook monitoring, filtering, and anti-theft for schools
      5. Review of Securly vs GoGuardian.
      6. General Use
        1. Use caution when eating or drinking around the Chromebook
        2. Cords, cables and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook
        3. Chromebooks must be in the TISD case at all times
        4. Students should never carry the Chromebook while screen is open
        5. Do not place anything on top of or inside of the Chromebook
      7. Products:
        1. GoGuardian
        2. Hapara
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