One of the challenges of planning substantial technology deployment changes within a large district like ours is tied to the interactions between those various policies. One of the major changes that we’re making, beginning next year, is to shorten the district’s technology replacement cycle from 6 years to 4 years. Additionally, our current model calls for the replacement of 1/3 of technology within each building, every other year. Continue reading In-Depth: Staff Device Replacement Plan and FAQ
On February 14th, the ICCSD Board approved a purchase of hardware and software that will provide, among other things, application virtualization services. Now, on the face of it this might not sound like an interesting development, but I’m really excited about the opportunities that this will afford our students – and staff – to embrace the concept of anywhere, anytime learning. Continue reading In-Depth: Application Virtualization and 1:1 Program Cost
There has been a great deal of coverage lately of the Iowa legislature’s approval of a 1.1% allowable growth rate for the 2017-18 school year. With a number of educational technology projects in the works, one of the questions that I’ve received from a number of teachers and community members over the last week is how our upcoming initiatives will be impacted by the allowable growth figure. Continue reading How does Iowa’s allowable growth rate impact ICCSD technology?
One of the areas of research that I’ve followed closely has been the digital divide, generally defined as an disparity in the amount of access that students have to technology at school and at home (Dolan, 2016) but sometimes expanded to include in-school versus out-of-school literacies (Nasah, DaCosta, Kinsell, & Seok, 2010) or inequity driven by race and gender (Vie, 2008). As we’ve transitioned to a digital society over the past 40 years, technology literacy is no longer an option. Even in early elementary grades, mandatory assessments are increasingly delivered online, while students applying for college and financial aid will find that applications, supporting documents, work portfolios, and scholarship opportunities are almost entirely digital. Continue reading Elementary Device Weighted Resource Allocation Model
While I’ve written about this a bit before in a broader sense, I wanted to share some information about the network infrastructure and core upgrades that we’ll be implementing in the coming months. Continue reading Upcoming Network Infrastructure Upgrades
Thanks to Chelsea Sims, Teacher Librarian at South East Junior High, for passing along these resources (below) for teachers who are looking for some Google-related training opportunities.
As more teachers are thinking about going 1:1, many have identified the need for some Google Training. The IDS Innovation team has gathered a few options together for interested teachers. I shared this list with the Teacher Librarians at the High Schools and Junior Highs to pass along to their staff, but wanted to share it with you as well.
- AEA PD Online offers tons of courses for recertification and graduate credit on integrating technology into your classroom. (Choose Technology Integration from the first drop down menu)
- Grant Wood AEA offers courses in Technology Integration as well, including courses specific to Google Apps.
- Set up your own learning plan on Atomic Learning, a tech training website provided by the AEA. Login with AEA credentials (3141xxxx).
- Also available are self-paced options created by members of the IDS Innovation.
- Install the GSuite Training Google Extension – then just click whenever you are using a Google tool to provide you with a variety of tutorials.
- Looking for a specific solution RIGHT NOW?? Try YouTube!
Self-paced courses specific to a 1:1 classroom environment:
- Brief Overview of a 1:1 Classroom (11 minutes)
- Classroom Management in 1:1 Environment (1 hour 3 minutes)
- Going 1:1 – Now What? (33 minutes)
- Time management and Distractions (43 minutes)
Several people – over Thanksgiving break, and again this morning – have posed questions to me about whether a focus on getting more technology in the classroom is well-justified. After all, tying technology infusion in the classroom directly to student achievement, for instance, is very difficult (although the same is true of virtually any initiative, the effects of which are difficult or impossible to fully entangle from other factors impacting students, teachers, and the learning environment. Continue reading Technology Access and Initiative Success
This is the inaugural edition of the ICCSD technology Slack chat. This will be a recurring series, with a different topic for each chat. Joining me for the chat today were Kelly Nelson, Denise Rehmke, and Justin Miller. We look forward to bringing others from within and outside the technology & innovation department into our future chats. If you have a request for a chat topic, please send it to me.
ajkurth (Adam Kurth, Director of Technology & Innovation): Welcome everyone; I hope that you’re all having a fine Thursday afternoon. As a reminder, the topic for today’s chat is: walking the line between supportability and innovation.
nelson.kelly (Kelly Nelson, Help Desk Manager): I’ll kick off by expressing my enthusiasm for changing how we deploy teacher computers. I think this will simplify support tremendously. Continue reading ICCSD Tech Slack Chat #1: Supportability & Innovation
Those of us who work in the field of educational technology are no strangers to acronyms1, and reading about BYOD, CYOD, 1:1, AUPs, LMS, CMS, GAFE, ITEC, STEM, STEAM, MOOC, QR, etc. can be overwhelming. In this post, I’m going to unpack the first three on this list, in the context of our upcoming technology initiatives within the Iowa City Schools.
As I wrote about here, the ICCSD is launching a secondary-level 1:1 initiative in 2017 (at the high school level) and 2018 (at the junior high level). The concept of a 1:1 initiative, broadly speaking, refers to an educational technology initiative where the ratio of students to devices is reduced to 1:1 (or lower). You can read about our deployment in greater detail in the article linked at the start of this paragraph, but in short, we will be assigning Chromebooks to each student in grades 7-12; ultimately, we will be supporting over 7,000 devices as part of this initiative. For the most part, students will be able to take those devices home for use outside of the classroom. Continue reading 1:1, BYOD, and CYOD