What is possible is changing.....
Now Valley View is completely 1-1, meaning each student has a personal digital learning device.
Our Tech Services Team has been working tirelessly since August to get iPads for the district purchased, etched, configured, inventoried, and distributed to High Schoolers, 8th Graders and all elementary students. Next in line will be 6th and 7th Graders.
1. Have a plan and meet with the teachers get their input on the plan
I met with each grade level prior to their deployment to discuss important things like:
*The best place to put their charging station
*How to label the charging station
*Notes to parents about earbuds, and gmail for upper grades
*iPad care and behavior contracts
*Planning the iPad Orientation sessions
*Scheduling the iPad Orientation sessions
numbering iPads; and on distribution of iPads
3. Get help
For the rollout here at VVE, we were fortunate to have several of our Eanes Ed Techs (aka, iVengers) here to help.
We all worked together at all the campuses that needed us to make the rollouts at every campus a success
Having a well organized system for the helpers contributes to a successful rollout. We created a folder for each Ed Tech with :
a map of the school and their rooms highlighted
a schedule of the day
a script for each grade level
a name tag for each Ed Tech
I informally went by each teacher's classrooms daily to see how things were going, and if they had questions or needed help. We also scheduled time for me to be there to teach a lesson, or be a warm body helping during an activity, or to plan for lessons.
Be sure to check out my iPad Lessons and Ideas Section on my website for a montly collection of learning activities happening throughout our school. http://vveedtech.weebly.com/ipad-lessons-and-ideas.html