K-12 1:1 An Implementation Story

Here's the journey of Avery County Schools as we transformed visions of 1:1 computing in the Fall of 2010 for some of our students, into a 1:1 reality for all students K-12 by the Fall of 2011.

Implementation Tasks

Building of Banner Elk Elementary

10/1/2010 - 10/1/2011

As part of the construction of Banner Elk Elementary, the decision was made to use technology monies budgeted in the project to implement a school level 1:1 using iPads, MacBook labs, and teacher machines.

2010-2012 Strategic Plan

10/04/2010 - 5/30/2012

ACS stakeholders set a goal in our Strategic Plan to have 1:1 by May 2012. The goal was initially thought to be High School. At that time, no specific funds were set aside to achieve the goal.

Intentional purchases of Apple products

10/04/2010 - 07/01/2011

We began by purchasing iPads for administrators and specific teacher groups. We also bundled several sets for exceptional children and other small groups as funds became available.

Strategic Plan taken to Board of Commissioners 03/21/2011

03/21/2011 - 03/22/2011

The strategic plan was brought to the Board of Commissioners. At the time, the Commissioners were in support of the intention, but did not feel they could commit to the cost. The district continued to work to find financial options.

Negotiation with Apple on Lease Agreement

9/1/2011 - 9/18/2011

ACS approached Apple regarding options on a leasing agreement.

Formal Approval of Contracts by BOE and Commissioners 09/19/2011, 09/22/2011

09/19/2011 - 09/22/2011

Received formal approval from BOE and Commissioners to move forward with Apple Contract. Commissioners agreed to assist with 1/2 of the leasing contract, while the BOE agreed to come up with the remainder out of existing funding streams.

MacBook Device Roll Out 11/28/2011-12/11/2011

11/28/2011 - 12/11/2011

We rolled out the macbooks in stages, coupled with a required orientation session.
11-28 Seniors
11-29 Juniors
11-30 Sophomores
12-1 Freshmen
12-5 7/8 Graders (two sites)
12-6 6th Graders (two sites)
12-11 Make up sessions

iPad Device Roll out 12/11/11-12/18/11

12/11/11 - 12/18/11

Roll out of iPads to our remaining 4 campuses. Banner Elk received their iPads in August with the opening of the new facility.

Professional Development Support

Banner Elk Apple Training

09/05/2011 - 10/14/2011

Banner Elk staff received 4 days of Apple training as part of their initial 1-1 iPad roll out.

Buck Institute, PBL, Apple, and Technology Days 10/13/2011-10/14/2011

10/13/2011 - 10/14/2011

Two days of PD for ALL ACS teachers. 8 trainers from a combination of Apple and Mooresville Graded School District, as well as a PBL trainer from the Buck Institute delivered trainining.

Job embedded professional development

11/1/11 - 03/29/2013

ACS employs a technology facilitator at the high school and 4 other instructional coaches. The technology facilitator and coaches work with individual teachers during planning periods, as well as schedule professional development "mini sessions" throughout the school year.

Apple training follow up for ACHS 3/9/12-3/10/12

3/9/12 - 3/10/12

Follow up training for high school teachers that were in PBL training in the fall.

Expert user Apple Training follow up 8/1/12-8/2/12

8/1/12 - 8/2/12

Follow up for expert users. Each school had the opportunity to select representatives with high level expertise to participate.

6-12 Haiku PLC trainings by department 9/6/12-9/17/12

9/6/12 - 9/17/12

All academic departments 6-12 participated in full day PLC trainings/sharing sessions using Haiku. The session was developed and facilitated by our high school technology facilitator.

Discovery Techbook training 3-8 Science 9/13/12

9/13/12 - 9/14/12

3-8 Training on Discovery Science Techbook

Discovery Social Studies Techbook 11/15/12

11/15/12 - 11/16/12

6-12 training for Social Studies Discovery Techbook

Discovery HS Science Techbook 1/10/13

1/10/13 - 1/11/13

Training for HS science teachers for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Discovery Techbook

Haiku PLC with Mitchell County 1/23/13-1/24/13

1/23/13 - 1/24/13

Departmental PLC's with Mitchell County Schools who also utilize Haiku LMS

Media Technology Advisory Committee

This committee consisted of teachers, parents, and administrators whose primary task was to serve as a 1:1 implementation steering committee.

Weekly Cabinet Meetings 1:1 Agenda Items

09/12/2011 - 03/25/2013

Every Monday, district leadership cabinet meets to review important events/issues and discuss solutions. 1-1 integration has remained on our agenda weekly as we have discussed topics ranging from hardware logistics, curriculum support, and utilizing technology to meet learning objectives. The cabinet meetings have ensured that we address issues and provide leadership proactively.

October MTAC kick off-10/26/11

10/26/2011 - 10/27/2011

MTAC 11/4/11

11/4/11 - 11/5/11

MTAC 11/9/11

11/9/11 - 11/10/11

MTAC 11/16/11

11/16/11 - 11/17/11

MTAC 2/15/12

2/15/12 - 2/16/12

MTAC 10/4/12

10/4/12 - 10/5/12

MTAC 1/24/13

1/24/13 - 1/25/13