August 9, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! As communicated in May, the Novato Unified School District is excited to launch the One to World Initiative this year. This one-to-one device program will provide every student in the fifth, sixth and ninth grade with a Chromebook that they will use in school as well as at home. This is the first year of a three-year rollout plan where Chromebooks will be placed in the hands of all third through 12th graders by 2020.
Your 5th, 6th and/or 9th grade student will receive with a Chromebook, device case, and charger during the first few weeks of school (will vary depending on grade level and school). This educational tool will be issued to the students for use in the classroom as well as at home, ultimately enhancing students’ ability to interact with their learning.
Please carefully review with your child the following documents that are included with this communication “One: World Technology Code of Conduct” and “Student Technology Use Agreement”. In order for the device to be issued to your student, you and your child need to acknowledge that these documents have been reviewed by signing two important forms, “One: World Technology Program Acknowledgement Form” and “Technology, Network & Internet Services Student Acceptable Use Policy”.
This is an exciting time for the community, our students, and the school district. We are moving into a new era!
Program Parent Forms
Formularios Padre del Programa
The findings from the 1:1 Pilot informed NUSD’s Implementation Plan for the roll-out and integration of devices for students at grades 5,6, and 9. First, through our work with both Alan November from November Learning and Travis Allen from iSchool, the Technology Advisory Committee recognized there was a need to update the language of the initiative to accurately reflect the WHY of providing students with devices. Specifically, the idea of 1:1 pilot focuses the attention on the device as opposed to the true objective which is to provide students with access to the global community, innovative collaborative tools and the tremendous amount of information available via the internet. Therefore, one important shift for NUSD’s strategy in providing students with access to devices is the change in language from 1:1 to the new name for our initiative: One to World.
Rationale for Grade Level Choice:
The first wave of device roll-out will occur at the 5th, 6th and 9th grade levels. There are two reasons for these grade levels for the roll-out. First, the pilot focused on both 5th and 6th grade level which ensures that there is a teacher from each one of the school sites at this grade level that can serve as a mentor for other teachers integrating the technology into their classroom. Secondly, the three year rollout plan will look as follows:
|Year||Grade device distribution||All included Grades|
9th, 10th, 11th
|3rd, 4th, 5th
6th, 7th, 8th
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
*K-2 will continue to work with class sets of iPads, Chromebooks and other technology. The district recognizes that the younger students do not need the same access to technology and would certainly struggle with taking the devices home and back.
Rationale for Device Choice:
The Google Chromebook was an obvious choice based on the review of the criteria provided above. The Chromebooks provided many of same instructional benefits as the other two devices and, as a result, the impact on student learning was also comparable. In addition, because Chromebooks do not have an operating system or traditional hard drive, configuration and delivery of equipment is greatly streamlined and devices “boot up” in a fraction of the time it would take a laptop. Finally, Chromebooks are durable, affordable, easy to manage for our IT staff and easy to use for teachers and students.
The IT department will work in close collaboration with I & I staff to ensure teachers and administrators have access to appropriate logistical and technical support. This will include:
- Technical Support for student devices (broken devices, peripheral technology, internet access)
- Login and account management is administered through the Google Chrome Management Console
- Administration, inventory control and maintenance for individual devices
- Management of devices and protective equipment for devices in collaboration with classroom teacher
- In-class technical support for teachers provided through a combination of on-site technical support and Help Desk services.
- The District is exploring a partnership with a service such as GenYes in order to utilize students as in-class support for teachers as well as providing “Genius Bar” services for staff and students outside of the classroom.
- If there are students who do not have access to internet connectivity outside of school, the District is exploring a partnership with a service such as Kajeet or Mobile1 that specializes in providing low-cost internet connectivity to low-income students. Another possibility that we are exploring is that the district installs a cell tower and in essence, NUSD would become the city’s internet provider.
In order to provide teachers with sufficient instructional support, the device roll-out will be done over three years. We will provide instructional support to the teachers through a variety of means:
|2 Day Summer Institute||Choice between two sessions:
|Collaboration Time Support||Monthly collaboration or staff time||
|Instructional Coaches||Ongoing/on-demand||Team of students at each school serve as tech support for students and staff|
|Student support through Student Tech Teams||Summer training for student tech & adult supervision||
|Teacher Leader Support||Ongoing and quarterly meeting||One teacher from each school serves as teacher leader and point person for communication with district staff to continually improve the|
Along with supporting the teachers in the changes inherent to the increased use of technology in the classroom, it is important to develop leadership capacity of our administrators, teachers and students. Site and district administrators need to know how to support teachers during the course of the 1:World implementation. District staff and instructional coaches will train administrators on a variety of the tools that the teachers and students will have access to for integration with Project Based Learning. This includes such programs as Google Classroom, Google Application for Education (GAFE), EADMS, MAP curricular tools available through current adopted textbooks, and a variety of other resources available online.
In addition, several principals and district administrators will continue to serve on the Technology Advisory Committee to incorporate the learning from the pilot into a more comprehensive Technology vision and plan.
|Administrative Leadership||Instruction and Innovation & IT Partnership||Ensure instructional and technical support for all sites; provide professional development; support teacher leaders and student leaders|
|Teacher Leadership||One teacher leader at each school site||Instructional support for teachers who are implementing 1:World|
|Student Leadership||Selected Student Tech Team at each site||On site, real-time, tech support|
In order to ensure success of the roll-out of this number of devices, we have developed a comprehensive communication plan to inform students, teachers and school staff and families of the One to World Implementation.
Evaluation of Implementation:
Through the course of the three year roll-out, we will collect data to determine how the technology supports student learning as well as how it impacts the instruction in the classroom. Data will include information from the following sources:
- Classroom Observations
- Focus Group
- Teacher, Student & Parent Surveys
- Student Assessment data
- Learning Walks
The Technology Advisory Committee comprised of administrators, teachers and instructional coaches will review and evaluate the data from the pilot and make recommendations on how to move forward with increased integration of technology in Novato Unified School District.