- Started with a series of faculty meetings to gauge faculty buy-in
- Then met with a parent group to discuss feasibility & costs
- Interviewed tech directors and principals from 10 schools already doing 1-1 initiatives
- Used that information to develop procedures for distribution and support, as well as create forms for the laptop checkout.
- Began testing a set of laptops with 6 students for a semester and asked them for critical evaluation
- Negotiated with vendors for best laptop options and pricing
Developing an implementation timeline
With everything in place among the major constituents it was crucial develop a detailed timeline for purchasing and distributing. Our timeline looked like this:
- January-February: tested 6 different laptops for speed, functionality and durability. Invited both teachers and students to evaluate the units. Paid specific attention to hardware: battery life, display quality, keyboard and touchpad feel, etc…
- March: selected unit to purchase and negotiated pricing among multiple vendors. Initiated classroom work to upgrade outlets. Purchased new desks for rooms where existing desks would not hold laptops.
- April: received & unboxed laptops.
- May-June: etched all units with an identifying “tag” number and packaged them with a numbered bag and adapter.
- June-July: prepared check-out sheet for each student listing the computer, bag and adapter they were getting. Created sign-up schedule for freshman orientation, and scheduled laptop pickup days for all other students. Distributed laptop agreement and acceptable use policy to all students via registration packets.
- August: held orientation nights and distributed laptops to freshman. Distributed laptops to other students via prescribed dates and times.