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Deploying Devices With Direction

by Bridget McCrea

eSchool News

Article excerpt

How to manage your one-to-one program after you hand out devices

“As a one-to-one implementation matures, different things happen that you may not have considered at the outset,” said Scott S. Smith, Ed.D., who serves as chief technology officer at Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, N.C — a district with one of the most celebrated one-to-one programs in the country. “For this reason, it’s important to maintain a clear vision and purpose from day one.”

Our take

Beyond Set It and Forget It

Arming students with tablets or other devices is just one step in what should be a strategic approach to ensure that the devices are properly incorporated into the learning process, that students and teachers are effectively and appropriately trained in their use, and that future needs are considered. Are you taking a strategic approach to device deployment and management?

Mooresville, North Carolina’s school district is one that has been lauded as one of the best in the country when it comes to one-to-one device deployment. The district has taken a comprehensive and strategic approach to ensure that devices are not just an add-on, but an integral part of the instructional process. Even if your district has already deployed devices, there’s still time to take a step back to consider whether those devices have been deployed strategically as part of a well thought out process to ensure effective use.