FAQ Updates (04/20/15) Ready? Empowers Our Students
A decision was recently made regarding the type of (technology) device that will be piloted for our Ready? initiative. Before I describe the process used to come to the decision of which device was chosen, it is important to repeat the Mission and Vision for the Ready? initiative.
- Mission Statement: The Ready? initiative will level the playing field, enabling all students to think critically, be creative, and have the courage to take risks, as they become College, Career, and Community ready.
- Vision Statement: Students who are able to navigate the world of technology to enhance their success.
- The team also felt the word success needed definition: Successful students can tell you what they know, can explain and support their understanding, and continue to self-educate throughout life.
Deployment of the devices will be done in phases. Phase 1 deployment is detailed below. Future phases will be decided at a future time. Part of the deployment depends on IT Considerations, Instructional Practices and Professional Development.
- A pilot program will begin the process.
- Because the Middle School and Cedar Street are being upgraded with additional access points and switches so they can handle an influx of devices in the building, they will be the first to receive the new devices. The recommended bids for this part of the bond were presented to the Board on April 15th, 2015 and accepted. The bids came in $15,000 under budget.
- Seventh grade and the MAA students (at Cedar Street) will be the first to pilot.
- All of the teachers at the MS and MAA, including specials teachers, were asked about what they would like the students to be able to do or produce with the devices and each group generated a list. A meeting was held with teachers from all the buildings, administrators and a community member to clarify and prioritize that list. Our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Mary Puckett, and our Technology Director, Tony Nuismer, used that list to balance what the teachers want the students to produce with the devices with IT and curriculum considerations and picked the device that best meets those needs.
- The teachers in the pilot group should receive the devices in May of 2015 in order to begin to get comfortable with the device and its capabilities and applications.
- Professional Development is being scheduled starting in June 2015 and will be connected to using the device.
- Our goal is for devices to be available for student use beginning near the second semester of the 2015-16 school year.
After following this process, the decision of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and the Technology Director was presented to the Steering Committee and accepted. Our pilot program will be with iPads for the 7th grade and a Windows Laptop at MAA.
This is just the first of many high profile decisions. Know that the Ready? Steering Committee continues to meet. Please go to http://www.ppps.org/ReadyFAQ to get the latest information.