Teachers, Administrators, Board Members and Stakeholders,
Even as the school year winds down and schedules are hectic, Liberty County School district must undertake major planning as we approach the implementation of a 1:1 program. I know that this initiative was originally in response to FLDOE’s push for digital textbooks; yet in order for it to be SUCCESSFUL we must approach implementation differently. Liberty County School District's 1:1 initiative must be a curriculum initiative, not a technology initiative.
That is not to say that technology is not at the heart of it, but the technology must be efficient and transparent. Aside from the devices themselves, we are making those steps now. We have implemented a new content filter that will allow off site monitoring (compliance requirement with E-rate) of future student equipment which also includes a Learning Management Solution, or LMS, called My Big Campus (more on that later). This filter also allows us to open up education resources (YouTube, Kahn Academy, etc.) to all users in a safe and educational manner. We also have summer work scheduled to improve our bandwidth to levels that can handle the number of devices expected once we begin the roll out. Additionally, we have a budget and schedule for increasing the wireless infrastructures at each site enabling consistent connections to embrace the digital texts and curriculum. These technologies are best categorized as infrastructure needs.
While the infrastructure needs are now being addressed, the most important decisions have not really even been addressed. That is where we need your help. We will be creating a task force to look at the myriad of issues we will be facing during the implementation process. This task force will be charged with influencing:
While this list is not definitive, it serves to remind you that this task force will be shaping curriculum and how it will be dispensed in the future. Before you commit to serving on this task force, please be aware that this task force will:
The proposed structure of the task force is as follows;
If you would like to become a member or nominate a member please let me know as soon as possible so that I can reach out to them. Please remember to nominate student and community members as well. At the bottom of this email is the proposed timeline for Liberty’s 1:1 implementation. Even you do not intend to become a member it would benefit you to look over it.
Our first meeting is scheduled for- July 3, 2012 @ 5:00 PM in the District Board Room
In closing, all teachers and stakeholders should begin looking at how a 1:1 initiative can impact student learning. I would recommend starting with this blog as it is frequently updated and has a team of writers who have implemented 1:1 programs. It is a great resource and will be one we will refer to frequently if you become a member of the task force.
Please email Jason Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate members or for any questions you may have.
Note: The timeline below has been modified and presented during the first 1:1 Task Force meeting on July 3rd, 2012. See a later news post for more information.