Hardware: One to one is essential. But we are actively discussing what comes next (and what can we afford) as the netbooks reach their end-of-life in 2013. Some discussion topics:
- iPads: can they do all the things our students and teachers are currently doing? Can we afford them (including the cost of maintenence)?
- Android tablets: cheaper and with lots of free apps. The Android platform is what many of the kids are used to already on their phones. Perhaps the $199 Kindle Fire or the $249 Barnes and Noble Nook? Compare…
- Round two of netbooks or low-cost laptops: perhaps the clunkiest option of all the new devices at this point, but also the most familiar and the least-expensive. Some schools are still choosing this option…
-Tablet computers, including current and upcoming models
Software: we are heavily invested in applications such as MS Office, OneNote, Geometer’s Sketchpad, and LoggerPro, but the application software environment is changing rapidly.
- will the “app store” model mean more lightweight, low-cost software tools? What does installation and support look like if this becomes the norm?
- will we be moving away from client-side software entirely and go to cloud-based applications? Can we go device-independent? Do we want to?
- right now, cloud computing for the masses is mostly a file storage solution – should we embrace this for student file storage?
Teaching with Technology: Hybrid courses, in which courses meet 3-4 times per week in class, and 1-2 times online, could work well, especially in the senior year.
- We would like to expand the list of courses built this way
- Many faculty already have much of their content online in Blackboard
- State attendance/funding is one issue at the moment.
Professional development: opportunities and resources will become more commonplace as more schools fund classroom sets or 1-1 deployments of computing devices. There is already a national directory of 1-1 schools