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Failures to Avoid with 1to1 Technology Deployment

Failures to Avoid with 1to1 Technology Deployment
An iPad in every student’s hands sounds wonderful, right? Well, before you start drafting the press releases about your plan, consider if your district is truly ready for 1to1 deployment. Avoid failure, overload, disorganization and wasted resources by taking a look at the needs of your school district and plan your 1to1 deployment accordingly.

Are You Falling For Buzzwords and Ploys?

Just because a device has taken the consumer market by storm, it doesn’t mean it will be useful in the classroom. The hype around a device’s touchscreen capability may seep into discussions on boosting literacy and test scores. However, touchscreen tablets may not replace the traditional PC. Likewise, many schools are using devices like Chromebooks that are being used to enhance (but not define) classroom experience.

Is Everyone On Board?

Pretty much everyone wants to stop the U.S.’s downward decline when it comes to education. Currently, the U.S. has a few concerning statistics:

  • Ranked 17th in education compared to the rest of the globe
  • 25% of students in the U.S. don’t graduate from high school in 4 years
  • 30% of high school graduates lack the basic competencies to pass ASVAB

Clearly, there are problems in our education system. In the face of failed deployments and wasted funding, not everyone is going to respond positively to a 1:1 initiative. The school district (teachers and community members) needs to be united in the decisions they make when rolling out the program. A united front will help you if there are any potential problems in the future. Planning is key to success. Speak to the community about the deployment to gather feedback and keep everyone informed with a cohesive plan that is well thought through.

Consider the Technology in 5 Years

Technology changes rapidly. You could deploy thousands of iPads (or Chromebooks) in a single year, and they will be obsolete in time. If you’ve centered all your initiative goals on an iPad, you will inevitably run into some challenges down the road. How will the iPad fit into classroom instruction? What about in the next 5 years? Picking a device before evaluating needs can make teachers build the curriculum around the device rather than the other way around. Design program initiatives based on the benefits devices will bring and not the device itself.  Devices will need to be replaced and/or upgraded and you need to take this into consideration.

Look at the Costs

Instead of looking at brand names and instant recognition, look for devices that offer the capabilities you need at an affordable cost. When choosing a device, ask the following questions:

  • What ports are on the device?
  • How will the technology age?
  • What is the failure rate of the device?
  • What does it cost to maintain and repair?
  • How much is the maintenance software?
  • Does it offer a touchscreen?
  • Is there a warranty?  If so, what is it?
  • How will we handle repairs?

If these questions aren’t answered, you could be investing in incompatible technology. Consider your goals for classroom instruction and existing technology in the classroom and how the devices you’re  considering will integrate with them.

How are Other Organizations Doing?

Look at previous deployments in other school districts and learn from their successes and failures. There are many pilot programs across the country that have already implemented 1to1 programs. For example, Wisconsin’s Marathon Venture Academy had to spend thousands in iPad repairs for their program. New York’s Roslyn Public School District had success deploying iPads to each high school student. In that case, the tablets were used to improve student and teacher efficiency and provided seamless collaboration.

By knowing your district’s needs, past deployments in other districts and your chosen device’s capabilities your 1to1 deployment can avoid the more common failures of deployment and bring technology into the classroom in a meaningful and productive way.

 

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Positive1to1 Launches to Help Schools with 1to1 Device Resource Management, Repair, and Student Training

Positive1to1 Launches to Help Schools with 1to1 Device Resource Management, Repair, and Student Training

Positive1to1 was born out of need.

The need was a way to manage hundreds of laptop computers ready to be issued to students as the school year started.  Brock Maust was a teacher at Goshen High School in Goshen, IN, and was tasked with the responsibility.

From no system to a complete system using Google Docs, forms, and Sheets Brock was able to patch together a plan to issue laptops to students, develop a ticket system for repairs, and manage training students to help with repairs.

He realized his patchwork of various docs, sheets, and forms was a band-aid at best.  He envisioned a way to manage this all in one online software system where device management occurred, issuing to students was fast, tracking was easy, and student training could occur for those receiving a device, and for students wanting to learn technology including software and hardware servicing.

And Positive1to1 was born!

Positive1to1 is software for resource management, training for student repair and student orientation, as well as the support consulting your school needs to meet the lifecycle challenges of moving to 1:1.

Contact us to learn more about deploying this software with service to enable your school to handle device management (laptops, tablets, chromebooks, etc), parent communication, student orientation, and on-site repair via trained and certified students.

Not just a device management software, it’s a new way of educating to prepare tech-ready students for college and the world.

Brock Maust saw a need as other schools in his area were also moving to 1:1 without a concrete plan, and who were intrigued by the concept of student repair management that educated students and potentially earned the school more state funds.

It’s a win-win for school systems wanting to gain efficiencies, provide opportunities for their students and save money over time.