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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACS approached Apple regarding options on a leasing agreement.
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.
We rolled out the macbooks in stages, coupled with a required orientation session.
12-5 7/8 Graders (two sites)
12-6 6th Graders (two sites)
12-11 Make up sessions
Roll out of iPads to our remaining 4 campuses. Banner Elk received their iPads in August with the opening of the new facility.
Banner Elk staff received 4 days of Apple training as part of their initial 1-1 iPad roll out.
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.
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.
Follow up training for high school teachers that were in PBL training in the fall.
Follow up for expert users. Each school had the opportunity to select representatives with high level expertise to participate.
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.
3-8 Training on Discovery Science Techbook
6-12 training for Social Studies Discovery Techbook
Training for HS science teachers for Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Discovery Techbook
Departmental PLC's with Mitchell County Schools who also utilize Haiku LMS
This committee consisted of teachers, parents, and administrators whose primary task was to serve as a 1:1 implementation steering committee.
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.