The future

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