Selecting the Best Digital Device and Other Pitfalls to Avoid in Going 1 to 1

Baltimore County Public Schools has begun a 5 year transition of changing instruction from teacher-centered to student-centered in order to prepare students to be globally competitive. Part of that transition includes providing digital devices to all students.

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Selecting the Best Digital Device and Other Pitfalls to Avoid in Going 1 to 1

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Baltimore County Public Schools has begun a 5 year transition of changing instruction from teacher-centered to student-centered in order to prepare students to be globally competitive. Part of that transition includes providing digital devices to all students.
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  1. Selecting the Best Digital Device and Other Pitfalls to Avoid in Going 1 to 1

    Slide 1 - Selecting the Best Digital Device and Other Pitfalls to Avoid in Going 1 to 1

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  2. Michael Fort, Specialist

    Slide 2 - Michael Fort, Specialist

    • mfort@bcps.org
    • Benjamin Wagner, Resource Teacher
    • bwagner@bcps.org
    • Office of Digital Learning
    • Baltimore County Public Schools
    • Maryland
    • Selecting the Best Digital Device and Other Pitfalls to Avoid in Going 1 to 1
  3. Your Presenters

    Slide 3 - Your Presenters

    • Michael Fort
    • Hobbies: Part time rock star; drummer in a party rock band called Don’t Stop
    • Interests: Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Favorite Reading: Steelers Digest
    • Benjamin Wagner
    • Hobbies: Reading, traveling to and from Delaware, pursuing oenology on a limited budget, enjoying simple pleasures, buying and selling homes
    • Interests: Food, exercise (fortunate because of my first interest), quiet disagreement with peoples’ views and opinions on a wide range of topics
  4. Objective

    Slide 4 - Objective

    • Today we will expose some of the pitfalls encountered when moving to digital learning
    • www.bcps.org/stat
  5. PITFALL

    Slide 5 - PITFALL

    • Not having a clear vision and plan.
  6. Pitfall

    Slide 10 - Pitfall

    • Trying to do too much at once.
  7. How are Lighthouse Schools Selected?

    Slide 11 - How are Lighthouse Schools Selected?

    • 10 Elementary Schools (2014-15)
    • 7 Middle Schools (2015-16)
    • Application Process
    • Principal indicates interest
    • School complete written application
    • Anonymous teacher survey to determine staff “buy in”.
    • Network Infrastructure Survey
    • Geographical and other Considerations
  8. PITFALL

    Slide 12 - PITFALL

    • Not listening to your stakeholders.
  9. Stakeholders

    Slide 13 - Stakeholders

    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Office of Digital Learning
    • Department of Information Technology
    • STAT (Student and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) Steering Committee
    • Teachers and Students
    • Select device
    • Pilot the device
  10. Other Stakeholders

    Slide 14 - Other Stakeholders

    • Administrators
    • Union representatives
    • Parent groups
    • Community groups
    • Corporate partners
  11. Stakeholder Meetings

    Slide 15 - Stakeholder Meetings

    • Hands-on demonstration of devices.
    • Review and discussion of specifications
    • Asked questions about use
    • Google Doc survey
    • Shared results with steering committee
  12. PITFALL

    Slide 16 - PITFALL

    • Thinking you already know what device you want/need.
  13. What is the Best Device?

    Slide 17 - What is the Best Device?

    • How do we obtain devices to test?
    • Who do we need to inform of this process?
    • How do we evaluate devices?
    • How much time do we need to test, evaluate, retest?
    • How will we protect our investment?
  14. Devices for Evaluation

    Slide 18 - Devices for Evaluation

  15. PITFALL

    Slide 19 - PITFALL

    • Not field testing devices with students.
  16. How We Field-tested

    Slide 20 - How We Field-tested

    • Schools
    • Grades
    • Students
    • Tasks
    • Description
    • Questions
  17. Quantifying Our Observations

    Slide 21 - Quantifying Our Observations

  18. Criteria

    Slide 22 - Criteria

    • Selection
    • Weight
    • Scale of 1 to 7
    • Student use
  19. Quantifying Our Observations

    Slide 23 - Quantifying Our Observations

  20. Scoring

    Slide 24 - Scoring

  21. Quantifying Our Observations

    Slide 25 - Quantifying Our Observations

  22. Total Scores

    Slide 26 - Total Scores

  23. PITFALL

    Slide 27 - PITFALL

    • Relying too much on collected data from field testing.
  24. Key Field-test Findings

    Slide 28 - Key Field-test Findings

    • Drop-down menu issues
    • Trackpad issues
    • Stylus (Active vs. Passive)
    • Front-facing camera
    • Two pieces vs. one piece
    • The device should be the same for teachers and students
  25. Bid Process

    Slide 29 - Bid Process

    • Device evaluation informed the specifications written into the Request for Proposal (RFP)
    • Evaluation of devices based on student field test.
    • Services Requested
    • Professional Development
    • Technicians (90 by year 5)
    • Device inventory and distribution
    • Battery replacement after 2 years
    • Summer “Refresh”
  26. HP EliteBook Revolve 810

    Slide 30 - HP EliteBook Revolve 810

  27. HP EliteBook Revolve 810

    Slide 31 - HP EliteBook Revolve 810

    • 11.6" LED Touch Screen Display
    • Intel Core i5
    • 256GB Hard Drive
    • 8GB RAM
    • Integrated 720p HD Webcam (User Facing)
    • Microsoft Windows 8.1
    • 6-Cell 44WHr Battery (6.5 hour life)
    • 4-Year Warranty with Accidental Damage
    • Protection
  28. PITFALL

    Slide 32 - PITFALL

    • Not considering how the devices will be carried home from the beginning.
  29. Device Protection

    Slide 33 - Device Protection

    • Teacher bag
    • Focus groups for new bag/case
    • Students (Grades 6-12), Parents, Business
    • UnderArmour
    • Brenthaven
    • Most stakeholders prefer sleeve option
    • Separate RPF for case
  30. PITFALL

    Slide 34 - PITFALL

    • Inadequate professional development and staffing
  31. STAT Program

    Slide 35 - STAT Program

    • Each school has a S.T.A.T. teacher; a school-based instructional leader
    • S.T.A.T. teachers provide professional development
    • PD occurs in a variety of ways
  32. Learning Tool

    Slide 36 - Learning Tool

  33. PITFALL

    Slide 37 - PITFALL

    • Not having an evaluation plan
  34. S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    Slide 38 - S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    • Johns Hopkins School of Education
    • Observation of Active Student Instruction in Schools of the 21st Century
    • S.T.A.T. teacher survey
    • Digital content usage – BCPS One stats
    • Provided baseline data from Lighthouse schools
    • Visited 40 classrooms in December 2014
    • Found classroom teachers felt very positive toward STAT teachers
    • Benefitted highly from the STAT teacher professional development
  35. S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report – Comparing Lighthouse Schools to Other Schools

    Slide 39 - S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report – Comparing Lighthouse Schools to Other Schools

    • Lighthouse schools reported:
    • More small group professional development
    • More individual professional development
    • More independent learning opportunities
    • More learning walks
    • More classroom observations
    • More study group or lesson study
  36. S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    Slide 40 - S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    • Student Engagement
  37. S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    Slide 41 - S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    • P21 Skills
  38. S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    Slide 42 - S.T.A.T Mid-Year Evaluation Report

    • Teacher Practice
  39. Avoid the pitfalls

    Slide 43 - Avoid the pitfalls

    • Have a clear vision and plan.
    • Start small.
    • Listen to your stakeholders (including students).
    • Keep an open mind about the device.
    • Take the time to work with kids.
    • Keep an open mind about the data.
    • Have a plan for how the devices will go home.
    • Ongoing professional development is essential.
    • Evaluate your plan.
  40. Questions

    Slide 44 - Questions

    • Michael Fort, Specialist
    • mfort@bcps.org
    • Benjamin Wagner, Resource Teacher
    • bwagner@bcps.org
    • Office of Digital Learning
    • Baltimore County Public Schools
    • Maryland
    • @BCPSODL