Quite honestly, it feels like Christmas.
In the span of a week, we will be visiting Lillian Berg School in Vermillion Bay, New Prospect School in Dryden, Keewatin Public School in Kenora, Golden Learning Centre in Balmertown, Ear Falls Public School, Savant Lake Public School and Ignace Public School. This means that hundreds of students will now be taking the first step in a remarkable journey as active participants in their education.
So what does a rollout look like?
As a team, our Technology and Learning teachers, Information Systems Manager, and Information Technology technicians come to the school and spend about an hour with the students. Together, we review basic overall expectations and review the user agreement, which is signed by EVERY student. The netbooks are logged in our inventory system (L4U) then signed out to students. We then have the students open up their netbook, set the configurations (as easy as “naming” the computer and allowing a re-start), and check that every student is able to log on the Internet. We give a brief tour of the ins and outs of the equipment, and set up students with access to our k12 domain on Google Docs.
After that, we send the students and teachers on their way!
Support will continue in a variety of formats, but above all else, we reiterate that it will be through joint exploration that teachers and students find a fit for its use at their respective grade and comfort levels. The key messages are important, and we recognize that in today’s world there is no one-size-fits-all teaching and learning model. For some, it may be starting with a simple transition from doing what they what they would normally do in the computer lab, instead, in the comfort of classroom. For others, having access at their fingertips may inspire something new, such as creating new strategies for teaching and learning across the content areas with web tools. The beautiful part- the choice is ours.