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Creating a Technology Rich Learning Environment. Anna Nolin Principal Wilson Middle School Boston College Doctoral Student How to Central Office Leaders Gain Acceptance for Large Scale Technology Implementations? 16 years as an educator in MA

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Anna NolinPrincipal Wilson Middle School

Boston College Doctoral StudentHow to Central Office Leaders Gain Acceptance for Large Scale Technology Implementations?

16 years as an educator in MA

4 years leading a technology preparation/1:1 laptop implementation in Natick

Administrator’s Apple Academy, Technology Trainer

Not an advocate for any one teaching/technology solution….

ma school technology readiness star designed by the ma education technology advisory council
MASchool Technology & Readiness (STAR)*Designed by the MA Education Technology Advisory Council
ma dese benchmarks for technology implementation
MA DESE Benchmarks for Technology Implementation
  • Commitment to a Clear Vision and Implementation Strategies
  • Technology Integration and Literacy
  • Technology Professional Development
  • Accessibility of Technology
  • E-Learning and Communications
the research leadership is key
The Research: Leadership is Key
  • Principal’s instructional leadership has .42 effect size on student learning (Robinson, Lloyd, & Rowe 2008)
  • Technology to support specific pedagogy has become increasingly specific and detailed making it hard for leaders to support teachers as they “explore and experiment” with their practice (Flanagan and Jacobsen 2003)
  • The principal’s beliefs and use of technology can set the technological tone throughout the school (Anderson & Dexter, 2003)
plcs and technology implementation bang for your buck
PLCs and Technology Implementation: Bang for Your Buck
  • PLCs can ease technology implementation issues
    • Districts have invested heavily in PLCs
  • Research indicates that PLCs positively impact student achievement, teacher efficacy (Lee, Zhang & Yin, 2011 Vescio, Ross, & Adams, 2007)
  • PLCs allow for distributed leadership =increased teacher voice = increased buy-in (Zhao & Frank, 2003; Dexter, 2004)
  • Distributed leadership reduce fears = collaborative competencies (Flanagan & Jacobsen, 2003; Gronn, 2002)
  • PLCs can help an organization innovate more effectively and speed change in implementation
natick public schools
Natick Public Schools
  • Natick is one of 10 school districts across the country selected by Project Red as a Signature District.
  • “Project Red conducted the first and only national study of education technology to focus on student achievement and financial implications. In our research of nearly 1,000 schools we discovered a replicable design for successfully introducing technology into the classroom – one that leads to improved student performance and cost benefits”.
  • Implementation Tools:
  • Research Findings: 9 Key Factors

dennis roche cisa cism
Dennis Roche CISA, CISM
  • Technology Director Natick Public Schools - 7 years
  • 20 years experience in private sector IT
  • International IT Certifications (ISACA.ORG)
      • Certified Information Systems Auditor - CISA
      • Certified Information Systems Security Manager – CISM
  • I’m not a salesman!!!

Technology Director

Business Manager

How much you got?

What do you need?

july 2005
July 2005
  • Hired to turn Technology Around in Natick
  • No real direction but high expectations
  • High dissatisfaction
  • People who wanted to help but didn't know how bad it was
  • New building project on the horizon - New High School in about 5 years
where to start
Where to Start?
  • Need to develop a plan
  • Need to review staffing
  • Need to review all technology assets
  • Need to review all technology processes
  • Need to review all technology policies
  • Need to talk to all stakeholders
technology audit1
Technology Audit
  • Document the facts
  • What's in place
  • Where are the gaps
  • Identify best practices and goals to implement
  • The plan is then simple to develop
technology audit2
Technology Audit
  • Review of IT Department
  • Detailed Review of Infrastructure
  • Review feedback from stakeholders
  • Develop the Plan
gaps identified
Gaps Identified
  • IT Department
          • Not team oriented
          • Under staffed
          • Too much reliance on one or two people
          • No professional development
gaps identified1
Gaps Identified
  • Infrastructure
          • Aging equipment everywhere
          • No replacement cycle defined
          • Servers, Wiring Closets, Classrooms
          • No real standards or strategies established
gaps identified2
Gaps Identified
  • Classrooms Technologies
        • Limited resources and most dated
        • Limited to access to teachers and students
the plan1
The Plan
  • Leadership & Team-Building
  • Back End Infrastructure
  • Front End Infrastructure
  • Professional Development
  • Funding Everything!
it team building
IT Team Building
  • Help Desk – First Responders
  • Network Admin – Infrastructure
  • Data Team – All Data Base & Reporting
  • Training –Teacher Professional Development
back end infrastructure things people don t see
Back End Infrastructure (Things people don't see!)
  • Switches & Routers (Wiring Closets)
  • Cabling (Fiber, Cat 5 & 6, Patch Cables)
  • Firewall & Internet Circuit (Security & Bandwidth)
  • Web Content Filter (Local or Roaming)
  • Servers (Internal & External)
  • Storage (Personal Files & Data Bases)
  • Wireless (Controllers and Access Points)
  • Proactive Monitoring Systems
trends in technology infrastructure outsourcing cloud computing
Trends in Technology Infrastructure Outsourcing (Cloud Computing)
  • Outsource Critical Systems Needing 24/7 Access:
      • District Web Site
      • Student Information System
      • Health System
      • Google Apps for Education - Email and File Services
trends in technology infrastructure outsourcing cloud computing1
Trends in Technology Infrastructure Outsourcing (Cloud Computing)
  • As you Outsource - Technology Budget requests will shift from large capital investments to smaller annual operating budget expenses.
  • Software As a Service (SAAS) – As your infrastructure and access matures more web based subscriptions will be requested.
  • Internet Bandwidth – Always review anytime behavior on the network significantly changes – New applications or drastic increase in devices.
robust and secure infrastructure
Robust and Secure Infrastructure

Internet Filtering

School Wide Wireless

Mobile Device


front end infrastructure classroom technologies
Front End Infrastructure Classroom Technologies
  • Computers – Desktops, laptops, tablets, netbooks etc. (Over-ride Spring 2008 for teacher laptops)
  • Projectors & Interactive Whiteboards
  • Printers, Scanners, Document Cameras
  • Digital Cameras
after teacher laptops
After Teacher Laptops
  • Opened up opportunities for increased professional development.
  • Investment in projectors and interactive whiteboards to build on teacher laptop experience and shared it with students.
  • Investment in wireless infrastructure to improve access to technology and set the stage for the student laptop program.
professional development
Professional Development
  • You can’t over train so do it constantly.
  • Established Professional Learning Communities
  • Annual Technology Day
  • Build a Model Classroom
  • Don’t forget to train your IT Staff too!
musts for starting a student technology program
Musts for Starting a Student Technology Program
  • Do your homework and visit as many school districts as you can.
  • Rollout a Faculty 1 to 1 Program First – Train and collect feedback along the way.
  • Pilot your concept with students and tweekas you go.
  • Don't focus on the device - focus on student outcome.
advantages of school provided devices
Advantages of School Provided Devices
  • Can control and standardize everything provided
  • Can limit administrative rights
  • Can implement a mobile internet filter
  • Can streamline support using a Mobile Device Management (MDM) System
advantages of byod model
Advantages of BYOD Model
  • Can push device cost to families.
  • Limit the district’s responsibilities on managing devices to in school only.
  • Fewer barriers in the way of students to accessing resources.
the device decision
The Device Decision
  • Devices change constantly so don't focus on devices until you are close to making a purchase decision.
  • What platform do you want to standardize on? (Windows, Mac, Web)
  • What type of device laptop, netbook, tablet?
  • What's your budget?
  • Who will pay for it? ( School or Families)
the device decision1
The Device Decision
  • Natick identified Apple as a key vendor providing the complete solution:
    • Hardware
    • Software
    • Professional Development
    • K12 Experience
the device decision2
The Device Decision
  • The best technology rich learning environments - teachers and students have the same device.
  • Minimizes surprises in the classroom
  • It’s builds on a successful 1 to 1 Faculty program
  • Focus is on learning not the Technology
  • The Apple Macbook was our answer.
tools to enhance the learning process
Tools to Enhance the Learning Process

Student Equipment

MacBook Laptop

13-inch, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - White

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo,

320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm,

4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB,

SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD ±RW/CD-RW)

External 500 GB

USB Backup Drive

Protective Bag

3 Year Warranty

Laptop Charger

laptop warranty annual fee
Laptop Warranty & Annual Fee
  • All computers are covered by Apple’s warranty against manufacturer’s defects for three years.
  • A $75 annual user fee is charged. Failure to pay the annual fee and the laptop is restricted to in school use only.
  • The Natick School District’s Laptop Computer Accidental Damage/Loss Policy is in place to cover most issues that may arise with the laptop.
laptop accidental damage loss policy
Laptop Accidental Damage/Loss Policy

Tiered approach for damage and repairs:

  • Tier I - $0 (Minor wear & tear covered by annual laptop fee)
  • Tier II - $100 (Moderate damage or part replacement, ie: broken DVD drive)
  • Tier III - $200 (More expensive repair due to spill damage, cracked screen, dropped laptop)
  • Tier IV – Full value of the device if lost or stolen. GPS tracking will be used when a police report is filed.
business managers can make a difference1
Business Managers Can Make a Difference
  • Make long term investments before short term spending:
  • Long Term:Staffing Infrastructure Professional Development Programs
  • Short Term: Devices (Usually last 3 – 5 years)
business managers can make a difference2
Business Managers Can Make a Difference
  • Staffing – Support needs to be immediate in 1 to 1 environment. Next day support will not work.
  • Infrastructure– Know what infrastructure is required for your learning environment. Identify what needs to be local and what can be outsourced.
  • Professional Development - Be creative in creating opportunities to train the faculty and technology staff. You can’t do too much!
business managers can make a difference3
Business Managers Can Make a Difference
  • Devices – Be consistent on what you give or recommend for your teachers and students.
  • Funding Source – Drives which device ownership model you select and how much management can be implemented.
funding sources
Funding Sources
  • Operating Budget
  • Building Projects – New or Renovations
  • Grants - Natick Education Foundation
  • Public Fund Raising – “Taste for Technology”
  • Private Fund Raising – PTO & Donations
getting the most from building projects
Getting the Most from Building Projects
  • Include Technology infrastructure costs in all building projects.
  • Get as much Technology in the “Construction Bid” as possible. MSBA allocation for Technology is not enough.
  • Requires a lot of planning upfront.
getting the most from building projects1
Getting the Most from Building Projects
  • Architects - How many 1 to 1 schools have your Architects designed?
  • Don’t be surprised if you need to educate them on how 1 to 1 impacts the school’s design.
  • Project Managers - School Districts need to drive to completion of the Technology portion of building projects.
  • Most Project Managers overseeing the project are experienced in construction, not Technology.
next chapter in our story our sustainability plan
Next Chapter in Our Story… Our Sustainability Plan
  • Since most of our student 1 to 1 programs are funded from a one time funding source we have a decision to make as a community.
  • School Funded – Continue with a district sponsored model if the community wants to pay for it.
  • Family Funded BYOD – Shift to a BYOD Model but we specify the device.
contact us
Contact Us

Anna Nolin – anolin@natickps.orgWilson Middle School Principal

Dennis Roche – droche@natickps.orgDistrict Technology DirectorNatick Public Schools Website –