As I’ve written and emailed out to staff members, we’ll be upgrading all district-issued, staff-assigned computers in May (for laptops) and this summer (for desktops). In addition to providing new laptops and desktops, we’ll also be providing laptop users with a limited choose-your-own-device (CYOD) option, which will provide staff members with the choice between a conventional Windows laptop (Dell Latitude 5480) and a convertible Windows laptop/tablet (Dell Latitude 5289).
While my emails and posts above have probably answered many of the questions you might have, I’ve received a number of questions from staff members since these announcements were released. To benefit a larger audience, I’m including many of those questions and answers below: Continue reading Staff Device Upgrades: Questions and Answers
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