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ProfessionalOpinion
A smooth 1-to-1 rollout
One school's low-cost experience provides students and teachers
with ubiquitous computing access
By Peter LaMoreaux

T

he implementation of digital
learning tools is an effective
means of maximizing student
learning. Operations in this environment also better prepare students for
their future endeavors in academia, employment and life.
Schools must embrace this frontier
of education. Our district recently had
the opportunity and luxury of implementing a 1-to-1 program. We had this
opportunity thanks to a strategic decision to capitalize on the low total cost of
ownership of Chromebooks.
Digital empowerment
Our distribution process was incredibly efficient. At our middle school, we
were able to deploy 750 devices in less
than three hours. Students entered the
distribution center with their signed
acknowledgement form. They were
handed a new device and arranged in
groups of approximately 15. In less than
five minutes, they were lead through the
enrollment process of registering their
new devices in our asset management
system. Arguably, the most significant
bottleneck in the system was the distribution of personalized identification
stickers and this station was staffed by
student volunteers.
Although the district previously had
devices, a 1-to-1 model truly empowers
teachers to better utilize digital learning
tools. Capitalizing on our cloud-based
communications and collaboration platform, we've given students ubiquitous

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We will continue to
transform our dynamic
learning environment
by embracing digital
learning tools, with the
vision of maximizing
student learning.
access to their suite of applications and
resources. The level of engagement and
collaboration for students-in and out
of the school environment-has increased significantly. In the first month
after device distribution, utilization of
our learning management system to
distribute and collect electronic assignments-as well as to facilitate classroom
discussion and collaboration-increased
more than 65 percent.
Minimal maintenance
The resources afforded to teachers and
students through our 1-to-1 implementation came with little incremental
demand on our technology department.
After distribution, the maintenance of
the devices is minimal and the controls
are centralized.
Because Chromebooks function
from the browser's operating system,
updates to devices are processed automatically. Any changes that need to be
made to the Chromebook environment
can be made remotely from the administrative console. These changes can
be implemented to an entire school or
grade level at one time; the IT department never needs to touch the device

Teacher prep
In preparing teachers for the 1-to-1
deployment, it was critical to provide
professional learning opportunities so
our educators were proficient operating in a cloud-based environment.
This included providing early access
to Chromebooks to teachers. We are
successfully working through the transition to our new learning environment.
Teachers continue to need assistance,
and occasionally so do students. We do
have students who come to class without their device or with a device that is
not charged. We are creating a system
that provides the appropriate supports
for these conditions.
We are also embracing the opportunity to teach the students the values of
accountability and responsibility, both
with the management of their device as
well as with their digital literacy and access to information on the internet.
The digital world is one where many
of our students currently function, and
this trend will only increase. We, as educators, need to embrace and capitalize
on the learning resources available to us
to engage students. The low total cost
of ownership afforded to us through our
1-to-1 Chromebook implementation
has made our vision a scalable reality.
We will continue to transform our
dynamic learning environment by
embracing these digital learning tools,
with the vision of maximizing student
learning. DA
Peter LaMoreaux is a digital learning
strategist who guides teachers in optimizing
student learning. He is the instructional
technology specialist at Brewster Central
School District in New York.
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