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Sub-Committee 3/B/2 Meeting - August 18, 2009

Location:

Central High

Committee Members:

Scott Nilsen

Robert Gaugh

Angie Lolley

Gerry Sander

Agenda Items

Discuss the purpose of 1 to 1 computing

Describe the possible impacts of 1 to1 computing

Describe the possible impacts on the District when instituting a 1 to 1 environment

Actions Taken

Summary

Subcommittee 2 Report – 8.18.09

Question up for discussion: “What is the viability of 1:1 computing in order to better serve Parkway’s Students?”

We focused on four terms: Viability, 1:1 Computing, Better Serve, and Parkway’s Students

In terms of Viability, we felt that the term encompassed three ideas, all of which needed to be present for a 1:1 computing plan to be “viable”:
1. Cost-Effectiveness, over both the short-term and the long-term
2. Implementability, both in terms of effective training and cohesion with the curriculum
3. Impact on learning, both in terms student engagement and student achievement

In terms of 1:1 Computing, we felt that a number of variables needed to be explored to adequately cover the concept:
- Fundamentally, 1:1 computing is about the number of computers available for a certain number of students
- However, different methods of having one computer per student exist, whether through laptops/minis or workstations or tablets or some other option
- Additionally, BYOC options should be explored as well

In terms of Better Serve, we returned to the concept of impact on student learning (both engagement and achievement). We also felt that the goals of the Parkway Mission Statement ought to be supported in this area. However, some or all of the specific goals of the draft Mission Statement are somewhat difficult to measure.

Finally, in terms of “Parkway Students,” we felt that we needed to go deeper than a simple aggregate head-count of students enrolled in the Parkway District. Given the potential attractiveness of some sort of phased-in 1:1 computing program, we felt that an additional breakdown of students by age range would also be appropriate.

Thus, we felt we needed to collect the following types of data in order to describe the district’s current reality:

Viability
Cost Effectiveness: How much money is available now? How long will that money be available? How much money will be available in the future?

Implementability: What data is available with regard to the effectiveness of past technology rollouts and implementation? What is the current state of the training curriculum? How effective is that training curriculum? What is the current and future need for training? What is the current and future demand for training? Does the supply of training meet those needs and demands? Is there a TIS Needs Assessment regarding potential integration of technology with curriculum? Could such a needs assessment be done if one does not currently exist?

Learning Impact: ACHIEVEMENT – What are current MAP/EoC scores? What information on student achievement does Parkway keep on a standardized, district-wide basis? ENGAGEMENT – What engagement survey data currently exists? What would a current survey of students and/or teachers reveal about engagement?

1:1 Computing
How many students does Parkway have currently? How many is it projected to have? How many computers does Parkway have currently? How many is it projected to have? What is the current cost/unit for each potential option available for implementing 1:1 computing? How do those cost vary between purchasing units and leasing them? What additional costs are involved for each option, such as insurance, replacement, etc.? How will transient population fluctuations affect each option? What is the current cost of support? What is the projected cost? What additional level of support would be necessary for each of the options?

Better Serve
See the above student achievement and engagement questions

Parkway Students
What is the breakdown of student population numbers by grade level and school? What are projections for those breakdowns into the future?

Other issues raised, but not falling neatly into one of the above categories:

What ancillary issues does this raise? For instance, will the district need to provide email functionality for all students? How does this impact textbook usage?

What public relations vulnerabilities does this leave Parkway open to? What legal vulnerabilities are created?

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