Deron Durflinger, Secondary Principal, Van Meter Schools

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John Carver, Superintendent, Van Meter Schools

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Mike Linde, Director of Technology, Van Meter Schools

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Jen Sigrist, Director of Teaching and Learning, Van Meter Schools

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All of these schools have implemented a one to one program in at least one grade level (many more have started since this was first created in 2009):
Central City Community School District

Newell-Fonda Community School District

Cardinal Community School District
Sigourney Community School District
Van Meter Community School District
A H S T Community Schools
United Community School District
Anita Community School District
C and M Community School District
Mount Ayr Community School District
Sidney Community School District
BCLUW Community School District
Bedford Community School District
South Hamilton Community School District
Pocahontas Area Community School District , .
North Winneshiek
Graettinger-Terril Community School District

1:1 Schools

Add if any are missing.
We are working on developing a leadership team for schools that are involved in a one to one setting. Please see me (Deron Durflinger) or John Carver, Superintendent of Van Meter Schools after the session if you would like to be a part of this group.

Why are schools going to a one to one?

Though this list is not all encompassing of the reasons why we are moving to a one to one, it provides a background for the move:
  • Improve student achievement and increase student learning
  • Improve student engagement and develop student-centered classrooms
  • Complements project-based learning driven by research, collaboration and production of a final product
  • Broaden learning beyond the classroom
  • Takes advantage of teachable moments
  • Preparation for tomorrow’s workplace
  • Allows teachers to more easily differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  • Opens up more opportunities for teachers and students to collaborate with other educators, students, and professionals throughout the world.
  • Instructional tool to help teach the Iowa Core Curriculum
  • Give students a tool to help them become self-directed learners
  • Levels the playing field for all students
  • Make technology integration more efficient; more time spent on instruction
  • Teach digital citizenship and technology usage to students
  • Schools need to change and this is one tool that will help

What it takes to make it work?

Key Factors to successful implementation:
  • Willingness to Take a Risk-Do something different than the norm
  • Leadership with a Shared Vision-Board, Administration, Technology Dept., Teachers and Community
  • Commitment-From all of the above
  • Preparation- A lot of planning and prep work in regards to policies, practices, insurance, damages
  • Communication- Teachers, students, parents and the community need to know what, when, where, and why

How much does it cost?

  • Cardinal purchased 425 machines(teacher/student) for approximately $681,000 or about $1602/laptop.
  • Van Meter purchased 340 machines(teacher/student) for approximately $592,000 or about $1740/laptop
  • Sigourney purchased 285 machines(teacher/student) for approximately $436,000 or about $1592/laptop
  • Approximately cost per student/year is around $400.
  • Less than 7% of student generated revenue to put a laptop in the hands of every student(seems like a good use of funds:))

Included in that cost is:
  • Laptop/bag
  • software-This is where most of the difference in cost is (Van Meter had Microsoft for Macs put on every machine)
  • hardware-network upgrades, servers, etc.
  • Training for the IT department-Sigourney and Cardinal share Technology Directors helping lower Sigourney's cost
  • PD for teachers
  • Apple Care- Call for 24 hour support as needed
  • Managing system-access points, Casper, etc.

How is it paid for?

  • SILO
  • PPEL
  • Grants
  • Most schools have gone to a 3 or 4 year lease
If you want more information on how it is paid for contact:
Van Meter- Mr. John Carver-
Sigourney-Mr. Todd Abrahamson-

What do you have to do to implement a one to one laptop initiative?

  • Update your policy
  • Insurance-School Policy through EMC covers machines. Van Meter's plan first time a computer is:
    • 1st time a computer is damaged students pay up to $100- If turned over to insurance school is responsible for the $250 deductible
    • 2nd time a computer is damaged students pay up to $200-If turned over to insurance school is responsible for the $250 deductible
    • 3rd time a computer is damaged students pay up to full cost of repair-If turned over to insurance school is responsible for the $250 deductible
  • $35 Technology/Software Assessment paid by families- Allows for money to help pay for insurance deductibles, repairs, etc.
  • Prepare the Building(s)-Kirk and Mike
    • System Upgrades
      • Wireless Access Points
      • Switch Upgrades - Gigabit backbone
      • Increased internet throughput (20Gb)
      • Servers
      • Backups
      • CIPA compliance - 8e6 client provide filtering when students are not on campus

  • The Rollout is very important and takes a lot of preparation to run smoothly Communicate plans for rollout
    • Assembly
    • Hand out machines-Make sure all students can log on
    • Orientation- Lead teachers to facilitate
    • Hand out rest of equipment (bag, charger, and extension cord)
  • Train Teachers - on-going
  • Plan for damaged machines
    • 1st step- Librarian, fill out report, may fix, if not send to Tech Director
    • 2nd step- Tech Director determines if it can be fixed on site, if not send for repair
    • 3rd step- Send for repair- Usually 3 day turnaround.
  • Teach students about the power of the internet and technology and how to use them appropriately Electronic Crime Institute at DMACC

Why go with Apple over PC? Kirk Magill and Mike Linde

Macs vs PCs-Apple for educationGet a program that includes:

Compelling reasons from a non Mac guy - I have supported PCs in schools for more than 8 years. This is what I have found to be true so far in my experiences with Apple and the MacBook initiative:
Apple not only builds the widget, they write the software that runs on it. They sell it, deliver it, set it up and support it. UPS didn't just drop off a bunch of machines for me to sort out...
Apple helps provide for the gap that has been missing between technology and education. For schools that are technology rich it helps simplify the management, and software issues caused by having a bunch of different types of machines running around the district. For schools that are technology poor it offers a way to level the playing field. In all cases they provide unrestricted access to all staff and students to the same quality and quantity of technology 24/7.
  • PD for teachers
  • Support for teachers, parents and students
  • Great Machines
  • All the Hardware
  • Training for IT people
  • Software updates

What does is mean for us as Administrators? Deron Durflinger -

What does it mean for Teachers? Jane Koch -

  • Opportunity to connect curriculum with the way students live today (ipods, email, etc etc)
  • Nearly instant communication with students, parents and other staff via email, wikis, chat
  • Ability to take "work" home easily with the Mac - for students and staff - chorus round project
  • Ability to be more creative - both teachers and students - Les Miz/One Voice keynote
  • More relevant assessment tools - i.e. the arts & foreign language using Photobooth
  • Students feel empowered - so do teachers!

What We Have Learned

Other Sites to Check Out:

1 to 1 schools wiki
Resources from Scott McLeod
Private Schools Portland