Webinar – Building a 1:1 Program from the Ground up
There are many difficult decisions to make when architecting a 1:1 program. We’ll share experiences in making decisions on school-to-home requirements, grade selection, hardware, insurance considerations, IT support, community and parent connections, and professional development in the classrooms. Explore the pros and cons of various options and learn what the downstream ramifications of each decision might be.
Delve into the implementation phase of 1:1 computing and explore school-to-home guidelines, grade selection, hardware, curricula, and more. Digital Wish has implemented one-computer-per-child initiatives in 30 schools. Our first site took 18 months from the start of planning, to the actual deployment of the first computer. Now, we’ve reduced that planning cycle to just 4 weeks, saving schools an enormous amounts of time and money! Digital Wish has been mapping the entire implementation process and developing resources that will allow other schools to replicate our success and avoid common mistakes.
There are just so many decision points required to implementing a 1:1 technology initiative – and it’s incredibly easy to take a wrong turn. Nearly every school we enter is re-inventing the wheel and making the same decisions (and the same mistakes) in isolation.
We’ll share our experiences in making decisions on school-to-home requirements, grade selection, hardware, insurance considerations, IT support, community connections, parent engagement, professional development, and curriculum in the classrooms. We’ll tell you the probable downstream ramifications of each decision point, and share stories of how these decisions played out in other Vermont schools. Explore the pros and cons of those options you are facing today, and come prepared to ask LOTS of questions!
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Executive Director/Founder, Board President
Heather Chirtea is Digital Wish’s founder and Executive Director. Previously, as the longstanding president of Tool Factory, an educational software publisher, Heather traveled widely throughout the United States to conduct over 400 lively seminars on classroom technology integration each year. With a dual B.S. in communications and operations management (statistics) from Syracuse University, Heather has co-authored five books on classroom technology; designed more than 60 hands-on technology seminars for educators; launched online services for classroom clip art, worksheets, lesson plans, and formative testing and assessment; and written over 5,000 standards-based test questions. She serves on the board of directors for VITA-Learn (VT) and New England ISTE technology associations. Digital Wish has granted over 13 million dollars in technology to American schools.