1:1 Updates as of March 7th

Updates related to our district’s plan to move to 1:1, providing a Chromebook to all 3rd grade thru 12th grade students for the 17-18 school year.

  1. 1:1 Checklist for each school.  
    The Tech Department has created a checklist that is specific for each school that has been shared with each school administrator.  It provides schools with a list of 15 items to consider as they prepare for assigning devices to students.  If you’d like to be a part of your school’s planning related to 1:1, please contact your building administration.
  2. Case selections have started
    We’ve started collecting cases/protective options for the devices from vendors.  In addition, we’ve started sharing the options with both parent groups and student groups, collecting their feedback and preferences.  If your school has a student group and/or parent group that would like to provide feedback on the cases, please contact Brian Abeling, abelingb@wdmcs.org and he can arrange to meet with your group.
  3. New web filtering testing
    We’ve begun testing out the new software that will provide web filtering for the 1:1 chromebooks.  If testing proceeds as planned, we are hoping to provide parent access to the web filtering this spring for a select test group of parents.
  4. Logistics
    The district tech team has continued with their logistics planning related to removing the chromebooks from their carts and moving them to cases for students.  The actual moving of equipment out of carts won’t begin until after summer starts.
  5. Training
    Here’s a quick overview of upcoming training:
    a. Week of April 10th:  Face to face training is planned for all teacher leader positions.
    b. April 28th:  Some schools have selected to use this day for building based introductory Canvas training through their teacher leaders.
    c. June 5th -Some schools are also looking at optional canvas training on the last contract day through their teacher leaders.
    d. Online courses available: Canvas also provides instructor-led and recorded training options.
    e. Summer training options:  The district is also working on study group and staff development course options that would be available this summer.

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