Although I wish we could roll out the project to all who are interested in the first year, realistically I don't think that will happen. A major challenge will be designing a plan for sustaining the laptops after the four-year warranties expire and they need replaced. We're talking a lot of laptops--possibly as many as 400--on top of the 400 or so computers that we already have to maintain. It would be a considerable financial strain to replace 400 laptops in one year. And as Tami stated yesterday, we were told at the PDE workshop that the districts that started small with their projects are having easier implementations.
Something to think about . . . If we spread implementation over two years, will those of you who are involved in Year 1 be willing to trade rooms with Year 2 teachers from time to time to share the wealth? There will be days when you're not using the projection system or laptops. Can we pair you up for a year?
So what do we want you to bring back for the April 11 meeting? We want your visions for the future of teaching and learning at KHS. Dream big! Do you envision cross-curricular projects? Team teaching? Block scheduling? Don't forget the regional wide-area network (RWAN) that's coming in this summer. Will you collaborate on projects with other schools? Take your students on virtual field trips? Have your students confer with experts? All of these things will be available to you and your students!
Remember, this is NOT a technology project. This is reforming education as we know it so that we prepare our students for life in the 21st century. What will it take? I don't have the answers . .. but I will share the thoughts of others with you as I come across them.
Please see Mrs. Walters, Sharon, Tami, or me if you have questions, and we'll our best to answer them. Also, feel free to add your thoughts to this blog. That's what it's for!