School Improvement Network Preparing for T-TESS: How to Meet the Challenges and Make T-TESS Work For Texas Schools Get an Inside Look At What to Expect From T-TESS and What You Can Do to Make Your Implementation a Success Drawing on the experience of 64 districts that piloted T-TESS in the 2014-2015 school year and over 200 currently piloting the program, we’ve identified some of the toughest and most common challenges of T-TESS implementation. Join Susanna Garza and Samantha Gallegos of ESC Region 20 as they walk you through what to expect and offer strategies, tools, and resources to help turn the challenges of T-TESS into opportunities for school success. The importance of BYOT Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) is critical in the digital evolution of schools, when normalising whole school use of the digital, and when shaping digitally-based school ecosystems. Ideally, young people should be trusted in the classroom to use the digital technologies they are already using in the ‘real world’ to enhance their learning. While the young, parents and, invariably teachers have normalised the use of the digital outside the school walls and have expectations of the digital, few schools globally have normalised its use and are yet to reap the myriad opportunities and benefits. The reason is simple: it is very hard to do so. It requires each school to move from the paper-based operational mode and mindset, to a mode that is digitally-based, where the school culture actively supports change, risk-taking and ongoing organisational evolution and transformation. Still, the move to BYOT is fundamental to creating an ecosystem that allows that to happen.
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Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing Perhaps it was the driving rain and the dark grey clouds of an approaching storm that contributed to the superintendent’s choice of words. He had spent the past month reviewing one-to-one computing programs in various school districts as he tried to decide whether his own district should commit to the enormous expense of a one-to-one program at a time of declining resources. His conclusion from his visits did not leave much room for interpretation. “Horrible, horrible, horrible implementation from every program I visited,” he said. “All of them were about the stuff, with a total lack of vision.” His research convinced him not to move forward with one-to-one computing.
Educational Leadership:Teaching Screenagers:One-to-One Laptop Programs Are No Silver Bullet Nearly a decade ago, when school systems began forking over millions of dollars to purchase laptop computers for every student, these programs (often called one-to-one or ubiquitous computing initiatives) were heralded as having the potential to close persistent technology gaps. Today, however, some school systems that ushered in one-to-one laptop programs amid great fanfare have begun to scrap them because of budget cuts (Lemagie, 2010); mushrooming maintenance costs (Vascellaro, 2006); and concerns about how students are using the computers (Hu, 2007). Many district leaders continue to believe that one-to-one programs are worth the expense and headaches. A recent survey of 364 leaders of large districts with one-to-one initiatives found that 33 percent believed the laptops were having a significant effect on student achievement, and another 45 percent believed they were having a moderate effect (Greaves & Hayes, 2008). Of course, such self-reporting is prone to subjectivity. References
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