1:World Technology Program

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1:World Technology Program 2017-08-11T17:25:30+00:00

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!

Sincerely,

Jim Hogeboom

Superintendent

BACKGROUND:

The dramatic increase in digital devices and the Internet has provided students with continuous access to a variety of resources that allows them to create multimedia content, communicate with people from around the world, and access information instantaneously.

These empowering technologies have also transformed the type and nature of work that students will do and, ultimately, will require schools to shift in ways to prepare students for this new working environment. Currently, students in Novato Unified have varying access to digital devices as part of the classroom experience.

We recognize the need for a digital transformation in our classrooms that provides our students with the skills to allow them to be a successful member of this digital, global community. Since current teaching methods are not always conducive to the effective use of technology, our teachers need focused instructional support to develop lessons that allow for the integration of technology. Our district focus on project-based learning aligns well with the implementation of student devices. Specifically, the instructional components of well-designed projects will require students to have access to the world via the internet.

Implementation Plan

Our implementation plan consists of seven main components:

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.

Logistics of Device Rollout:

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
2017-18 5th
6th
9th
5th
6th
9th
2018-19 4th
6th
9th, 11th
4th, 5th
6th, 7th
9th, 10th, 11th
2019-20 3rd
6th
9th
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.

Technical Support:

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.

Instructional Support:

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:

Type Date/Time Goal/Topics
2 Day Summer Institute Choice between two sessions:

  • June 12th & 13th
  • August 9th & 10th
  1. Tips & Tricks for Managing Devices
  2. PBL & Technology Integration
  3. Digital Citizenship Programs
  4. Scope and Sequence for Digital Literacy Skills
  5. Google Classroom
Collaboration Time Support Monthly collaboration or staff time
  1. Google Classroom
  2. Google Apps for Education
  3. Collaboration time with grade level/ content area teachers
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
  1. Tips & Tricks for Managing Devices
  2. PBL & Technology Integration
  3. Digital Citizenship Programs
  4. Scope and Sequence for Digital Literacy Skills
  5. Google Classroom
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

Leadership Capacity:

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.

Who Goal
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

Timeline

Communication Plan:

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.

Review of the 1:1 Pilot

As a reminder, the 1:1 pilot ran from February 2016 until May 2017 and included a select group of teachers at each school level (elementary, middle and high school). Our initial pilot group was comprised of four high school teachers, two 6th grade teachers, four 5th grade teachers, and four 4th grade teachers.

The teachers chose one of three devices: Google Chromebooks, Apple Ipads, or Microsoft Surfaces.  The comparison of the different devices provided information to support the final decision about which device would be most appropriate for NUSD’s One to World student device rollout. The comparison was based on three different criteria.

Criteria 1:

Instructional Benefits

Instructional Benefits

  • Ease of use for teachers
  • Access to collaborative tools
  • Access to Learning Management System
  • Audio/Video tools
  • Integration into learning environment
  • Compatibility to curricular materials

Criteria 2:

Impact on Student Learning

Impact on Student Learning

  • Activation of student critical thinking skills
  • Ability to collaborate with students (both in classroom and worldwide)
  • Organizational tools for classes
  • Access to tools used in the workplace
  • Development of skills in NUSD’s Graduate Profile

Criteria 3:

Sustainability & Security

Sustainability & Security

  • Durability
  • Affordability
  • Ease of use for students
  • Ease of management for IT
  • Family comfort with device
  • Reliability

1:1 Pilot Findings:

Throughout the pilot process the team of fourteen teachers, instructional coaches, and district administrators met on a regular basis to participate in targeted professional development and record their progress and input. We collected data through a series of surveys, discussion notes, and classroom observations. Our results/findings were categorized into two subgroups: (1) Instruction and Student Learning and (2) Procedures and Technical Essentials.

Instruction and Student Learning

  1. Teachers need time and support in order to effectively integrate technology. It is a tremendous shift in teachers’ instructional practice. (Instructional)
  2. Technology has a profound positive impact on teachers’ classroom in terms of their perception of students’ engagement and achievement. (Instructional)
  3. The students ability to access information instantaneously allows for deeper understanding of the content and allows students to synthesize information, and make meaningful connections on a global level, as well as on a personal level. (Instructional)
  4. The consistent access to technology maximizes instructional time, because time is not spent searching for facts or other resources ( Instructional)
  5. Students have more authentic opportunities to demonstrate collaboration, problem-solving and creativity. (Impact on Student Learning)

Procedures and Technical Essentials

  1. The district needs to minimize the paperwork that teachers need to help make this initiative work and, ultimately, students are much more careful with devices when they take them home so insurance is not necessary. This aligns with what other districts have found through their 1:1 programs (Procedural)
  2. The chromebooks are comparable to each of the other devices that were piloted and are easier to manage for both teachers and the IT department. Since the chromebooks do not have an operating system or a traditional hard drive, the initial setup and configuration for devices is greatly reduced.  In addition, the lack of an operating system and hard drive means that the devices start up in a fraction of the time that it would take a traditional laptop.
  3. The District improved its inventory control and account creation system during our limited pilot program. By building processes and evaluating efficiency tools while deploying the approximately 400 devices needed for the pilot, IT is confident in its ability to successfully and expediently deploy the 2,000 devices required for this upcoming roll-out.  The District has evaluated several inventory control tools and chose Hayes TIPWeb IT.  Since adopting Hayes after the pilot, we have been integrating it into all IT inventory processes.  We have also built warehouse and assembly line areas at the Technology Resource Center (TRC) located at the Hill Campus in order to facilitate the mass distribution of student hardware.
  4. The district will self-ensure the devices. Through the pilot, it was clear that it is more cost-effective to replace broken and/or lost devices internally rather than paying the ongoing costs of insurance for the devices.
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