One-to-One Technology Planning and How to Survive and be Successfull in Education

Posted: March 17, 2013 in Education, Technology
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What is one to one computing?

See this Link –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_to_one_computing

one to one


Some history and information before we get started.

I’m going to start a blog series on a project I have been privileged to be a part of. I currently work for a public K12 school corporation in Indiana as a head network administrator, but lets be real here I deal with everything that plugs into the wall on a day to day basis. This is not by choice but by necessity b/c public schools are really under funded.  This causes a variety of issues or problem that force departments like mine to take on more work and wear many hats. That being said a one to one project will be very challenging if nothing is done to expand our department. Can it be done , yes but other things can and will suffer.

Planning years in advance is essential

Lets go over some things you should consider when planning a project this size and type.

  • How will you pay for this project ( not just the first year but continue to provide devices and support for the future and beyond)?
  • Will your technology infrastructure handle this project for the next 3-5 yrs? (Servers , Network, Wireless, Internet Bandwidth, Webfilter, Firewall,etc)
  • What curriculum do you have and how can it be delivered electronically. (This can take time for teachers and administrators to develop.)
  • What mobile devices fit your curriculum delivery best.(iPad, Android, or Windows Tablet. Full Laptop, Netbook, etc)
  • How will you manage all of these devices on your network? (Installing software, updates and Mait, etc)
  • Are the devices you selected certified or recommended for use with online testing. (This is a big deal, and may require you to keep some physical computer labs)
  • How will you insure the devices , if they are damaged , lost , or stolen?
  • How much professional development (training) will be available for staff and even students?
  • How will your technology department handle this new workload efficiently, without effecting other work assigned to them?

All of the above are very important in this planning process. I will address this in the next series of post on this blog.

I will leave you with this question.

Can you afford to implement this project more than once? If you said no then we have alot of planning to do.

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