Our Plan

Tomorrow is the district’s third laptop revisioning meeting, and two of the schools were asked to do a short presentation (5-10 mins) on our plans. My school is one of those presenting.

So, my vice principal and I discussed some ideas, and then I created a wiki and e-mailed it to him, my principal and some teachers. This wiki is what we came up with and will be how we convey our plan to the group. It was a collaborative effort that took about an hour or so to complete. Not too shabby.

The majority of the ideas mentioned in the plan, we already do; however, we can certainly still make improvements in all of the areas.  And, it is discussions, like the one that took place via comments on my one-to-one post that can help set the groundwork for change.

In the midst of comments, my second set of questions got “lost,” so I thought I would throw them out there again.

** Since teacher, student, administrative buy-in seems to be a crucial component in a one-to-one laptop program, how do you get it? How do you get your staff and students to get on board and see the importance of teaching 21st century skills?

** How important is professional development in a one-to-one program and what “kind” of professional development is needed?

** How do you perpetuate and improve upon a one-to-one laptop program once it is in place? How do you sustain it?

I would love to be able to share some of your thoughts at my meeting tomorrow, so get to commenting… please. 🙂

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2 Comments on “Our Plan”

  1. drawingfromlife Says:

    I think it’s crucial for the buy-in to start with the teachers and administration. Our enthusiasm, knowledge, and preparedness will ultimately motivate the students. Teachers and administrators MUST agree that we are all lifelong learners, and that can never change. With software, programs, content, etc. constantly changing, we have to stay on top of growing technology in order to teach it to the students so that they can be aware of the breadth of knowledge that is available at their fingertips. Why teach from a textbook with only a couple hundred pages, when you can use the internet, wikipages, blogs, and much more to allow the students more information than they can even digest; and then they can use numerous programs to organize and even present the information in many different formats. This also allows the classroom to determine what information is relevant at the time, and gives power to the students and the teacher.

    Professional development in any capacity is also crucial to being lifelong learners. I teach Art, and techniques, concepts, genres, etc. are always changing and being explored in new and exciting ways. I have to stay on top of this evolving information so that I can better serve my students. While certain subjects like Algebra will always remain Algebra, it is still important for teachers to stay on top of exciting ways to communicate and present the information to students. I think a problem with staff development is that certain sessions will always be geared towards certain teaching styles or certain core classes. Maybe being an Art teacher has led me to yearn for more content specific professional development opportunities.

    I think that having staff members and administrators actually ask for comments like these is how you sustain a program like this. We are all in it together, and information from a variety of teachers, administrators, community members, and even students is the only way to effectively keep any program strong.
    I also feel that each department (district wide, or campus) needs to work to implement content specific trainings on using the laptops more effectively. this would be time consuming, probably costly, and would take a lot of input to implement. But why not spend the resources to give teachers tools and instruction that they can actually use, and want to use? Too many professional development opportunities run through material too quickly in order to simply present more material. More attention needs to be given to taking the time needed to present specific material that teachers can use. When they leave the trainings, they do not need to feel overwhelmed, but confident that they can take what was learned and, with a quick turnaround, begin using the information in the classroom.

  2. Thank you for your well thought out response to the questions I posted.

    We have a pretty great staff at The Academy!

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