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The Project (Highlights). Freedom 2 Learn AVRSB Student Laptop Project As part of the provincial IEI Extension Project the AVRSB will, for the first time, be providing some schools with laptops for student use.

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the project highlights
The Project (Highlights)
  • Freedom 2 Learn AVRSB Student Laptop Project
  • As part of the provincial IEI Extension Project the AVRSB will, for the first time, be providing some schools with laptops for student use.
  • We are calling this exciting project “Freedom 2 Learn”. It is a curriculum initiative.
  • During year one of the project, 6 schools with grades 8 & 9 will be able to take advantage of this exciting initiative.
  • Each school must have 2 Project Leaders. - effective teachers who understand the outcome-based curriculum and have a willingness to embrace technology integration when it makes sense.
  • They must agree to participate in professional development activities specific to the project and in support of the subject area(s) they are teaching.
  • Professional Development will be in the form of days when Project Leaders from all project schools along with AVRSB Program Consultants will be working together to identify strategies for effective instruction using the laptops. An emphasis will be placed on the appropriate use of technology by students in support of program outcomes … as well as identifying when technology is not a good fit.
  • An interdisciplinary team of 6 Mentors/Consultants/Coordinators from Regional Office have worked on the project plan and will organize the inservice opportunities along with providing in-class support throughout the year.
  • To support that, we will be encouraging the school administration to identify other teachers who have shown a willingness to embrace the use of laptops in their classroom and we will invite them to some of the inservice opportunities during the year.
  • It is our hope that the laptop cart becomes a resource that is in high demand throughout the middle school, and that additional in-service opportunities will be provided to all the teachers who feel their students can benefit from the increased technology use.
key components
Key Components
  • Some key components of this exciting project include:
  • This is a curriculum project – highlighting the effective use of technology to meet curriculum outcomes
  • This is a middle school project and not intended for the elementary or high school level.
  • The laptops are for student use … and must be kept together as a group of 15.
  • Identified schools must have 2 teachers prepared to take on the role of Project Leaders in their school.
  • A school administrator must attend the initial 2 day orientation and initial planning days in October.
  • Commitment of Project Leaders to attend 4 additional Curriculum planning sessions during the year.
  • The laptops must stay in the school for use by students to meet curriculum outcomes - except in exceptional circumstances.
  • School administration, together with the Project Leaders and Board and/or Department of Education individuals will monitor the progress of the project.
professional development dates
Professional Development Dates
  • The dates for the in-service activities for 2006-07 are as follows:
  • November 2nd – Day 1 of Orientation (Project Leaders and School Principal/Administrator must attend)
  • November 3rd – Day 2 of Orientation (Project Leaders and School Principal/Administrator must attend)
  • (Note: if laptops have not arrived by the dates above those days will be cancelled and replaced by November 20th and 21st.)

January 11th – Project In-service (Project Leaders)

  • February 20th – Project In-service (Project Leaders + one additional school-identified teacher)
  • April 17th – Project In-service (Project Leaders + one additional school-identified teacher)
  • May 23rd – Project In-service (Project Leaders)
  • (Note: All orientation and in-service days with be conducted by an inter-disciplinary team of AVRSB Mentors, Consultants, and Coordinators.)
project agreement highlights
Project Agreement (Highlights)
  • Freedom 2 Learn AVRSB Student Laptop Project Agreement 2006-2007 September 28, 2006 School: Wolfville School
  • The Freedom 2 Learn student laptop project is an exciting initiative which provides students with increased opportunities to use technology to enhance their learning. With laptop use comes unique challenges around both understanding how technology can best support student learning as well as the management of the technology. This partnership requires a commitment from the AVRSB Project Lead Team, the school, and the school-based Project Leaders to ensure we are all moving in the same direction and that we maximize the opportunities for student success.


  • The AVRSB Project Lead team agrees to provide significant support (curricular, technical, and logistical) to project schools as they further develop their understanding of how student laptop use can be used to improve student learning. In particular we commit to organize professional development opportunities both regionally and in your school and will provide on-going support to school-based Project Leaders.


Dave Jones, Coordinator of Technology Education, on behalf of the AVRSB Project Lead Team


  • In return for our school being a part of the Freedom 2 Learn student laptop project, and in return for project specific support as outlined above, the principal, on behalf of the school, and the Project Leaders, as outlined below, agree to the project objectives and guidelines as presented. These include:

1. We understand the unique opportunity this project provides our students and recognize there are challenges associated with student laptop use.

2. We recognize the important role professional development and project inservicing will play in the success of the project and agree to participate in inservice opportunities throughout the year.

3. We will work with AVRSB technical staff to ensure only board-approved software is installed on the laptops.

4. Together with our Area Computer Technician, we will identify technical issues with the laptops and other equipment and report them for repair in a timely fashion.

5. We will promote appropriate use of the laptops by students and enforce the AVRSB Student Use of Network/Internet Policy.

6. When appropriate, we will encourage other teachers in our school to integrate technology in their instruction and support their use of the laptop cart.

7. As a part of the ongoing support and evaluation of the project, we understand the AVRSB Programs and Services staff may wish to arrange for classroom visits to our school.

Teacher Leader: _________________________________ ___________________________________

Teacher’s Name Teacher’s Signature

Teacher Leader: _________________________________ ___________________________________

Teacher’s Name Teacher’s Signature

Administrator: _________________________________ ___________________________________

Vice-Principal’s Name/Signature

why laptops
Why Laptops?
  • Portability
  • Student Motivation
  • Increased access and equity to information and technology for all (Zucker, 2005)
  • Improved quality of instruction (Zucker, 2005)
  • Improved student achievement (Zucker, 2005)

Orientation Agenda

  • Day 1 – November 2, 2006
    • 9:00 – 9:40: Orientation
      • Why are we doing this?
      • What tools do we have?
    • 9:40 – 10:20: Roles and Responsibilities
      • Security
      • Ethical Use of Technology
    • 10:20 – 10:35: Break


  • Day 1 (Con’t)
    • 10:35 – 11:45: SNAP Student Webspace Server
    • 11:45 – 1:00: Lunch – on your own
    • 1:00 – 3:30: Technology Outcomes


  • Day 2 – November 3, 2006
    • 9:00 – 10:30: Math Activity
    • 10:30 – 10:45: Break
    • 10:45 – 12:15: English Language Arts Activity
    • 12:15 – 1:00: Lunch – onsite
    • 1:00 – 2:30: Social Studies Activity
    • 2:30 – 3:00: Wrap-up
freedom 2 learn project schools and leaders
Freedom 2 Learn Project Schools and Leaders
  • EMS
    • Dale Bentley
    • Al King
  • Wolfville School
    • Paul Veinotte
    • Jim Scott
  • West Hants Middle School
    • Val Ross
    • Mark Tye
  • Coldbrook
    • Janet MacLeod
    • Jan Routledge
  • MRHS
    • Bonnie Hatt
    • Gerri Martin
  • BRHS
    • Jonathan Marshall
    • Lynn Little
avrsb support team
AVRSB Support Team

Lynn Campbell - literacy

Maria Carty - literacy

Martha Stewart - math

Jim Pulsifer - technology

Ryan Hainstock - technology

Dave Jones - technology

AVRSB Technical Support Staff


Starting School Laptop Programs: Lessons Learned - Andrew Zucker, Ed.D., The Concord Consortium, Nov 2005

    • Align the laptop program with key goals
    • Build strong leadership at all levels
    • Think about funding for the long term
    • Develop solid partnerships inside and outside the school system
    • Plan logistical details carefully
    • Provide training and professional development mainly on curriculum integration, not only on technical skills


    • Provide needed digital content and tools
    • Maintain the network infrastructure
    • Make technology support available onsite and also offsite, as needed
    • Allow sufficient time for change and make it gradual
    • Provide models to teachers
    • Foster and maintain stakeholder participation and ongoing communication
    • Make monitoring ongoing
    • Conduct research or evaluation studies

Today’s students are different … they are Digital Natives - Marc Prensky, 2001

  • Technology is a part of students’ lives … and they don’t have to think about it like most of us do … that is the difference between being a Digital Native and being a Digital Immigrant.
  • Students do their homework differently, they communicate differently, they gather information differently and ignoring that reality is not going to change it



Within the Curriculum




Concepts and skills associated with the safe, efficient operation of a range of information and communication technology.



The understanding associated with the use of ICT, which encourages in students a commitment to pursue personal and social good, particularly to build and improve their learning environments and to foster stronger relationships with their peers and others who support their learning.



The efficient selection and use of ICT to perform tasks such as

• the exploration of ideas

• data collection

• data manipulation, including the discovery of patterns and relationships

• problem solving

• the representation of learning



Specific, interactive technology use supports student collaboration and sharing through




Students’ organization, reasoning, and evaluation of their learning rationalize their use of information and communication technology.

how are our students mostly accessing information
How are our students mostly accessing information ?
  • Holly Gunn & Gary Hepburn, 2003
  • Seeking Information for School Purposes on the Internet
  • “…the Internet is frequently the main, or only, current source of information for research purposes for students. This situation is particularly true in Nova Scotia public schools.”
and the survey says
And the Survey Says ……

Young Canadians in a Wired World Phase II Survey – Media Awareness Network …Nov. 05


Canadian Students in 2005

Young Canadians in a Wired World Phase II Survey – Media Awareness NetworkNov 05


Students in 2005?

Young Canadians in a Wired World Phase II Survey – Media Awareness NetworkNov 05


Students in 2005?

Young Canadians in a Wired World Phase II Survey – Media Awareness NetworkNov 05

avrsb support to project schools
AVRSB Support to Project Schools
  • What other supports during this year?
  • Professional Development
  • Tech & Curriculum Support
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • SNAP Webspace
AVRSB will provide schools with:
  • Information sheet to use when discussing project with school community members
  • Student agreement to emphasize increased responsibility on the part of students
  • Detailed “feeding and caring of your laptop” handout
  • We have created a listserv –
professional development support
Professional Development Support
  • Ongoing professional development sessions with sub support
    • November 2nd – Day 1 of Orientation
    • November 3rd – Day 2 of Orientation
    • 1 release day for Project Leaders when equipment arrives in schools for set-up
    • January 11th – Project In-service (Project Leaders)
    • February 20th – Project In-service (Project Leaders + one additional school-identified teacher)
    • April 17th – Project In-service (Project Leaders + one additional school-identified teacher)
    • May 23rd – Project In-service (Project Leaders)
in school tech curriculum support
In-School Tech & Curriculum Support
  • We will provide enhanced technical and curriculum support in your school. This includes ongoing consultant and mentoring support for the school-based project leaders
what hardware is being provided to project schools
What hardware is being provided to Project Schools?
  • 15 laptops (Mac or PC)
  • Laser printer
  • Wireless router
  • Laptop cart
  • Extra power cords
  • Data Projectors
  • Digital still and video cameras to each school
what pc software is being provided to pc schools
What PC software is being provided? (to PC schools)
  • - MS Office
  • - Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • - Inspiration
  • - Norton Antivirus
  • - PDFCreator
  • - Acrobat Reader
  • - Irfanview
  • - Picasa2
  • - Google Earth
  • - Read Please
  • - Firefox
  • - Google SketchUp (free version) - 3D animation and drafting
  • - Audacity
  • - FTP software – Filezilla
  • - Math Blackline Masters and install Equation Editor in Word
  • - Pinnacle Studio Plus Titanium
  • - Other curriclum software to be determined
what mac software is being provided to mac schools
What Mac software is being provided? (to Mac schools)
  • - MS Office X
  • - Inspiration - Norton Antivirus
  • - Cyberduck
  • - iLife software (Garage Band, iMovie, etc)
  • - Read Please (free download)
  • - Comic Life
  • - Firefox
  • - Audacity
  • - More to be determined when the laptops arrive
wolfville school team
Wolfville School Team
  • Jim Scott – teacher leader
  • Paul Veinotte – teacher leader
  • Monty Sheffield – I.A.Tech teacher
  • Becky Franklin – vice-principal
  • Ryan Hainstock – AVRSB tech mentor
  • Jason Cohen – AVRSB tech technician
wolfville school expectations
Wolfville School Expectations
  • Expectations/behaviours for students and staff in order to effectively manage the project in the early stages
  • RED (absolutely not permitted)
  • YELLOW (considering the circumstances)
  • GREEN (full speed ahead)
red expectations
RED Expectations
  • Red - Absolutely NOT Permitted
  • Breaking up the set permanently or long term
  • Breaking up the set into more than 3 sub-sets
  • Regular use of the cart or laptops in elementary
  • Liquid or food around the machines
  • Laptops on floor/laps/hallways
  • Students taking equipment home
  • Anything on screen
yellow expectations
YELLOW Expectations
  • Yellow - Considering the Circumstances
  • Staff (initially leaders) could take home for a night/weekend (must come back the next school day for student use)
  • Computers are for academic use primarily
  • Upper elementary classes may be able to sign out equipment if available (first priority is Jr. High)
green expectations
GREEN Expectations
  • Green Expectations – Full Speed Ahead
  • Use for supporting academic/curriculum outcomes – P.D. and support for staff
  • Follow the AVRSB acceptable use policy
  • Return equipment to carts following each use
  • Have cart and room locked at all times not in use
  • Have computers, mouses and power cords numbered and have students assigned to specific numbers
our challenges
Our Challenges
  • Hardware management
  • Our physical building/environment
  • Ongoing student/technology use
  • Integration of technology within the curriculum… When? How? Why?
and the plan goes on
And the Plan Goes on…
  • Stayed tuned for updates!
  • Department of Education, Province of Nova Scotia (2005).THE INTEGRATION OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY Within the Curriculum, 2005

  • Gunn, Holly & Gary Hepburn (2003). Seeking Information for School Purposes on the Internet

  • Marzano, Robert (2003). What works in Schools: Translating Research into Action

  • Media Awareness Network (2005). Young Canadians in a Wired World – Phase 2 Survey

  • Prensky, Marc (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immiingrants,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

  • Zucker, Andrew (2005). Starting School Laptop Programs: Lessons Learned