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Planting trees We hear the words 'sustainable' and 'sustainability' almost every day.

But what does it mean exactly? Is it about people and culture, our environment, or jobs and money? Is it about cities or the country? Is it about you and me or is it something for other people to worry about? Sustainability is about all of these things and more. Sustainability could be defined as an ability or capacity of something to be maintained or to sustain itself. Start HERE! After bungled iPad rollout, lessons from LA put tablet technology in a time out. Los Angeles – “D” is the letter of the day in Maria Martinez’s kindergarten class at Maywood Elementary.

After bungled iPad rollout, lessons from LA put tablet technology in a time out

On a recent weekday, Martinez drew a capital and lower-case d on the white board. “Beautiful!” The children shouted. “Nice!” They used their fingers to form the letter D on the wide writing lines that appeared on their iPad screens. “I can’t imagine teaching without iPads,” said Martinez, whose classroom provides a window into how technology is being used successfully to help children learn – even as the Los Angeles Unified School District attempts to salvage its botched attempt to distribute the pricey, high-tech devices.

IPads are Not for Everyone. 3 Conditions Where 1:1 iPad Programs Make Sense. Next... How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program. When The Westside School decided to grow its established primary school into a leading middle school program, parents, teachers, students and administrators mapped out an integrated project-based learning environment designed to engage and challenge all participants.

How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program

The planning team made a list of skills and tools that would support learning, and decided on a 1:1 iPad program to support their vision. I was brought on as technology coordinator to plan and support the curricular and technical deployment for the start of the 2011-12 school year. After a year or two of early adopter experimentation with education-based iPad deployments, a collaboration of IT departments, edTech consultants and third party vendors pieced together a best practice scenario for iOS management. WATCH VIDEO: How to Deploy a 1:1 iPad Program in Education. So your school is about to launch an iPad program, and you’re not sure where to start?

WATCH VIDEO: How to Deploy a 1:1 iPad Program in Education

The Apple Management Experts at JAMF Software can help ensure your iPad program is a success. By knowing the right steps and using the right tools, you can easily deploy iPad devices in your school. Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer. Mobile Computing | Spotlight Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer By Mitchell A.

Launching an iPad 1-to-1 Program: A Primer

Salerno, Michael Vonhof12/14/11 Technology is redefining traditional educational paradigms, and many schools are interested in integrating the latest technological advancements into the school curriculum. While increased incorporation of technology seems to be inevitable, most schools are ill-prepared to enter the 21st century owing to a lack of resources, a dearth of appropriate personnel, and some unrealistic expectations. Two schools, The Master's Academy in Oviedo, FL and Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, DE have initiated ambitious technological programs, providing an iPad for every high school student. Leadership Perhaps the most critical, yet overlooked, issue related to technology deployments is leadership. Based on our experiences, successful schools will have a senior administrative leader driving this initiative. 1:1 iPad Program - St. Thomas More School.

Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative. Part of the benefit of jumping forward with a 1:1 iPad deployment like we have tried is that we get the opportunity to impart knowledge to other districts looking to do a similar initiative.

Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative

While that might not seem like a benefit, it actually also means we can make some mistakes because there is not a long history of this type of deployment in the world. Many districts have had 1:1 Laptop projects, which we have benefited from and could easily be applied to this list I’m about to share. However, for the sake of our specific district, and the questions I get from other districts on a daily basis, I’m going to break down the ten things you should NOT do when implementing a 1:1 iPad program. 1. Do NOT wait until the last minute to give them to staff. 2. We planned the launch day as perfectly as we could have, but there are always a couple of issues to deal with. 3. Don’t Ctrl. What Do You Think? They’re Not Paperweights: An iPad Program that Works. Simply buying iPads will not transform a classroom, as most educators know.

They’re Not Paperweights: An iPad Program that Works

But by understanding the devices’ capabilities and limitations, and learning from others’ efforts, teachers can introduce tablets to their students with expectations of meaningful impact. It has been four years since the Mineola Union Free School District implemented iPads 1:1 in two schools, helping us transform education by redefining the meaning of student growth. We have valuable experience to share, as we also continue to learn. The Nuts and Bolts Teachers can use iPads in the classroom in myriad ways. Data and Analysis of a High School 1:1 iPad Program. The Westlake Initiative for Innovation (WIFI) project launched in August of 2011 in the Eanes Independent School District.

Data and Analysis of a High School 1:1 iPad Program.

The objectives – create a culture of digital and global learning, increase the relevance of education in real-world scenarios, and allow for a more individualized, flexible and differentiated learning via 1:1 iPads for every Junior and Senior level student. When the WIFI project began, those may have been the focal points of introducing a new tool into an already successful high school environment, but as our data and focus-group studies have shown us, there were a lot of other unintended outcomes as a result of this pilot.

In October of 2011, students and teachers were surveyed about the use of iPads in their classes. Since only those 38 teachers that were actually in the WIFI program were required to have some sort of integrated instruction with the iPad, some students were in classes that weren’t required to integrate these. Survey Questions and Data – What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection. This past week at Burlington High School, we started rolling out iPads for incoming freshmen.

What We Learned: A 1:1 iPad Reflection

During this process, I couldn't help but reflect on what had occurred over the course of a year. Around this time last summer, BHS had roughly one thousand iPads ready to roll out to all students. The anticipation was great, the waters uncharted. During the 2011-2012 school year, we, the IT department and the teachers charted a course that led us to many exciting discoveries as well as many learning experiences. NOTE: When I say "we" from here on out, I am referring to Dennis Villano, Director of Instructional Technology for Burlington Public Schools; Patrick Larkin, Principal of Burlington High School: Bob Cunha, IT for BPS; Jose DeSousa, IT for BPS; John Allegreto, IT for BPS; and Tim Calvin and myself, Instructional Technologists at BHS.

The Launch. IPads or Something Else? 6 Reasons Why The iPad Pro Might Be A 1:1 Program Game Changer. Experience has made me a believer in 1:1 technology programs.

6 Reasons Why The iPad Pro Might Be A 1:1 Program Game Changer

There is something magical that happens when everyone is on the same platform. The work moves away from supporting the hardware and software to innovating and experimenting. When every student comes to class with the same tools the instructor can be confident that any learning activities that integrate technology will work well. 3 Reasons Why Chromebook Beats iPad in 1:1 Programs. The Chromebook vs. iPad debate may be one that we never resolve. Whatever I say for the Chromebook, or whatever you say for the iPad, we will never convince each other.

The truth is probably that any 1:1 device program is better than none. Although, many of you will counter by saying that buying or mandating any single device is misguided to begin with, and that we should be focusing on a BYOD (bring your own device) structure and diving deeply into the world of VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure). Case in point is Tim Holt’s passionate plea for choosing the iPad route in his essay, “Why We Are Misunderstanding the Chromebook-iPad Debate.” In the end, someone has to make a decision. To give you a little context, I am no stranger to this debate. But after spending the past month with a Dell Chromebook 11 my thinking has begun to change. Comments.