COWS: Computers on Wheels. Need: What problem or need existed that gave rise to your innovation?. Need : Provide teachers and students with regular access to technology. Build teachers’ skills with integration within the classroom.
COWS:Computers on Wheels
Research: What research organization or people developed a solution to this problem or need? What were their findings? Who were the “lead thinkers” for this innovation, and how did they convince a manufacturer to produce it?
National Science Center donated computers to two trailers and visit schools throughout Thailand.
Penang, Malaysia has a bus going to remote schools allowing students to get on the computers. This gives those schools that are in rural area a change to implement technology in their school day.
Mr. McDowell's United States History class were the first at West Hills to utilize the portable labs (nicked named COWs). Each of the school's five COWs has 15 or 10 Macintosh iBooks.
Twins Oak Elementary purchased 30 laptops mobile lab for 235 students to use.
Meadowlark Elementary is giving their teacher training on the COWS. The teaching staff is very excited to use the mobile lab with their students to integrate technology into as many subject areas as possible. They are also focusing on project-based learning and assisting students with technology to complete projects.
Edgecumbe College implemented the COWS into their program to motivate and improve students’ performance.
Paradidact: Computers on Wheels one to one instructions made easy. Parat Solution provides inexpensive COWS to the schools systems.
James Earl Jones helps Verizon award $25,000 Literacy-Tech Grant to San Ysidro School
The COWS are being implemented in Rajasthan on 32 buses which will go through the district.
Apple Mobile Labs(2008)
Intel partners with AED and provide Jordanians with COWS making the school a 21st Century school.
Burleson Independent School District (ISD) has provided every school with at least one COW for the teachers to bring into their classrooms and they still provide them with a computer lab.
Early Adopters: Respect
Early Majority: Deliberate
Later Majority: Skeptical
These are people who are willing to take a risk. They are willing to have set backs.
This would be those in the school building who just walked into this field of work and willing to prove that a certain technology will work if we implement it correctly.
Allow one grade level to pilot the program.
Administrators should support the innovation.
These are the go to people when you want to adopt a new technology. They are able to tell you if the innovation is worth adopting.
In my field of work, this would be the teacher across the hall from me who is willing to put anything to a test. She will make the innovation work for her classroom, if it is not a good program she will voice that to everyone.
Give the innovation at least 2-5 years before discontinuing it.
Staff developments on the innovation.
These are people who are popular within their group, but they are not the leader of the group.
This would be a teacher who has found a wonderful website and he or she has been using the website for sometime now. He or she now introduce it to his or her co-worker. This is a person who will brag about the value of having the website.
One strategy would be to have the media specialist and the technology director who are open to new innovations and willing to work with early majority members.
This is the person who will adopt an innovation because everyone is pressuring him or her to do so.
This would be the veteran teacher that has taught a certain way for his/her 29 years. Its working for him/her why should he/she change it?
Provide in-depth training on the innovation to those that are later majority.
Give data to show that the innovation has an impact on the students’ learning.
This is the person that does not like to try new things. They are traditional and change is out of the question.
This would also be the veteran teacher that should have retired from teaching maybe three years ago, but refuse to. This is the teacher that would say they did it this way and it worked, why should they have to use this new technology?
The only strategy for those who refuse to be apart of the innovation would have to be required to use the innovation.
(Rogers, 2003, pg. 223)
Relative Advantage - COWS increases student academic performance
Compatibility – COWS works with the existing technology in the building
Complexity – COWS can be complex with the wireless cart and the connection
Trialability – The small group of teachers can implement COWS for a year or two to work out problems
Observability – Teachers can see other teachers in the building using COWS
Rogers described a centralized approach as a “top down” (Rogers, 2003, p.401) diffusion in which innovation is created by experts source to users.
Rogers defined decentralized diffusion systems as one where the innovation comes from within and is adopted “horizontally via peer networks” (Rogers, 2003, p. 395).
Centralize would be the best approach for the COWS. The teachers in my school are very skeptical about trying new technology. The innovation would be best if it is pilot through a small group.
To develop a need for change
To establish an information exchange relationship
To diagnose problems
To create an intent to change in the client
To translate an intent into action
To stabilize adoption and prevent discontinuance
To achieve a terminal relationship
(Rogers, 2003, 369-370)
A small group of teachers will come together and implement the COWS instead of going to the computer lab to complete research. The key players in the innovation would be the principal, media specialist, technology director, and the teachers from a particular grade level.