Castilleja 1-1 Planning

Potential Models

Below is a grid that outlines some potential roll-out models for the 1-1 program during the 2009-2010 school year. Please feel free to modify this table and add your thoughts. In order to modify the table, click the "Edit this Page" button at the top of the page.




Other thoughts

All students in grades 6-12 have laptops during the 2009-2010 school year
  • We don't have to deal with the challenge associated with teachers who teach multiple grade levels. Teachers of multiple grade levels will be able to plan for instruction involving student laptops with ALL classes, not just some and/or a few.
  • Many of our students are already bringing in their laptops to use on campus during the school day. Going "all in" in year one might help deal with the haves and have nots
  • Definitely deals with some the challenges that teachers who work with multiple grade levels will have to work through next year
  • Challenges and hurdles are magnified when it involves the entire school.
  • Less time to prepare the infrastructure for this type of load.
  • Tech support demands become greater
  • Batteries, charging, and other logistics become magnified (eg-much easier to work with and educate a few grade levels of students than it is to work through this with ALL students)
  • JR: I think Anne has made it clear that she's not in favor of including Grade 6, at least not at the student-ownership level.
  • JR: It might be a tough sell to ask parents to buy a computer for their senior daughters, but maybe not. Steve, is there any way to get a grade-level breakdown of the students who have registered laptops? And maybe also a Mac/Win breakdown?
Students in grades 7-11 have laptops during the 2009-2010 school year
  • This might be a good compromise approach between having students in all grade levels have access vs just one or two grade levels.
  • Helps deal with some of the issues associated with teachers who work with multiple grade levels.
  • Not unlike having all students participate in year one, this model might be a bit unwieldy and too ambitious. Starting smaller might ensure I higher chance of success in year 1.
Students in 2-3 grades have laptops
  • HP: Should we think about 2 grades vs. 3 grades?
  • JR: Is it worth being more specific? If we were looking at only 2 or 3 grades, which ones make the most sense?
Students in one grade have laptops
  • HP: I don't think this is an option -- the announcement that has already gone out I think said more than this
8, 9, 10
(Year 2 will be 6-11)

7, 8, 9, 10, 11
(Year 2 will be 6-12)
Most of mixed class issues dealt with
The cultural issues are addressed all at once
Global investigators
Larger IT support issues
Financially disadvantaged 12th graders feel segregated

8, 9, 10
(Year 2 will be 6-12)
Allows us to develop a core leadership group in the faculty
Brings in at least one grade in the middle school
Several 8th grade teachers are very enthusiastic
Large IT support issues
Financially disadvantaged 12th graders feel segregated
More mixed grade level issues

Faculty development needs to happen immediately.


  • Security during the school day-unattended laptops
  • lost chargers--chargers need to be labeled
  • laptops that are not fully charged at the beginning of the day
  • laptop cases...the sleeves are great, but they don't leave room for the power supply
  • student backups of data-do we want to suggest to students that they purchase an external hard disk for this purpose (of course, this is in addition to backing up to the server here at school)
  • What about students who recently purchased a computer running windows? Do we ask these students to get a new Mac right away?
  • Printer depots in logical locations throughout the building and near the spaces where students will be (the classrooms)...although I'm a big believer in keeping content digital, I also know that there will be a need for students to print...
  • Learning management platforms...the need to standardize on a coherent, robust, flexible, and teacher/learner-centric learning management system will become more and more important as we move toward a 1-1 environment. This is a conversation that we need to have at some point along the way in this process.

Software Planning

  • What type of licensed software will go on the computers?
  • What type of open source software do we want all computers to have? We know we're not going to be able to provide the same type of licensed software on each computer that we have on our current lab do we start getting teachers and students more comfortable with open source now?
  • Anti-virus for the computers

Timeline of Events

Online timeline for the 1-1 laptop program

1:1 Bookmarks

Web resources on the topic of school laptop programs. If you are a delicious bookmark user, tag any resources with 1-1casti and they'll automatically appear in the listing below. If you don't use delicious, just email the links to me and I'll bookmark them.


    • Which written material to distribute ahead of time...
    • Do we want to have
    • Rationale for another person
    • Review Tim Fisch report from a couple years ago
    • 9-12
    • engage Chris and Anne in the they want to say some words?

    Meeting Opening
    Why we are doing this...
    What are the critical elements for success??

    Move into the 3 big questions
    are we committed to the professional development
    • what are we going to get from apple
    are we committed to another staff member
    what grade levels will we begin with?

    Make decision on grades
    work in pairs/groups of threes to read the committee report and then report back to the group on what they're leaning toward
    -use a worksheet to list out major pros and cons

    Talk about equipment
    when do we want to make a decision on this??
    what do we do in the event of a tablet?? Do we want to move forward with a gen 1 piece of equipment??
    grandfathering existing computers into the mix...we need a policy on this...

    9th and 10th grade clearly ready to go
    8th grade teachers who are ready, are really ready
    7th grade level hesitancy might have more to do with the recreational use
    Ethical use/recreational use is something we're all concerned with
    Technology Dept. readiness for different scenarios
    Impact on success of program with a model of allowing flexibility with the type of device that can be brought in?
    Stanford Center for Innovations...
    Junior/Senior level teachers in an 8-10 environment need to be prepared to have some conversation regarding these specific grade levels not participating in year 1.

    Setting expectations about what the teaching and learning environment is going to look like
    How will we provide professional development opportunities to help with teacher - readiness

    Begin discussions with teams, grade level deans at Junior or Senior level classes

    Professional Development
    Internal conversations about the vision for what this will look like. Defining a mission and key goals.
    How can we make professional development more sustained and regular? How can we capture the anytime-anywhere possibilites that exist now?
    • Lunch opportunities, time to support one another, time to dialogue and reflect upon our practice, release time?,
    • Cross pollinate the 8-10 group with the 11s, 12s to share best practices. Develop cadres of teacher leadership.
    • School visit opportunities
    • Matt and Nanci collaborating on the professional development landscape here at Castilleja
    • Questions of acceptable use, potential challenges of the program, etc...these can be addressed by grade levels, but channeled through the laptop committee.
    • Book discussion possibilities, articles for reviewing,

    • Clear we have a need for another head count in the department
    • Center for Innovations and Learning at Stanford
    • "Out of the box" thinking as to providing another support position
    • Stage the laptop support position in the library possibly. Allows the benefit of the person being able to monitor the library as well, and builds a bridge between library and IT.

    Next Steps
    • Who will

    Educational impact of a laptop program:
    Empowering teachers to further their use of digital resources as a learning tool

    The BIG Questions:

    11-5-2008 Meeting

    No additional staff member will be hired next year What does this mean for us? What does it mean for the initiative??
    • Student involvement in level I IT support
    • Faculty involvement (stipends for "go-to" faculty)
    • Using other models to provide support...what else is out there??
    • Should we require all teachers of students in 8-10 to attend summercore 2009?
    • CAIS Professional Day in March...should we, as a committee, make the recommendation that this day be dedicated to professional development centering around the topic of "learning and teaching w/laptops"??
    • Regardless of how much individuals intend to use laptops with students, the committee feels that ALL faculty should still go through the professional development experience.
    • Having folks develop a personal professional development plan (if they can't make summercore or some of the other traditional offerings)...GREAT IDEA HEATHER!!!! ...Establishing a set of competencies for the group

    Student Readiness
    • In an environment where we are going to be self supporting, how do we raise up the levels??
    • Steve discussed the notion of student bootcamp sessions in the summer to go through some of the basics of support and maintenance of their laptop computers.
    • These bootcamps will also focus on responsible use on campus
    • Demo the bootcamps for faculty...this will be useful on many different fronts
    • Purchasing YesTech! or MouseSquad programs to help train a cadre of students at each grade level
    • Offer the bootcamp for 11s and 12s
    • Get Jill in on this so we can help ANY student who is in need

    • apple's iWork and MS Office will go on each student owned computer at no additional cost to either the student or the school
    • adobe still up in the air, but Steve is in conversations on this right now.

    Sub-Committee Break-out groups:

    Acceptable Use Discussion:
    Kyle, Mary Jean, Holly and Matt

    Professional Development Discussion:
    Nanci, Heather, Helen, Flaurie
    Look at the competencies in addition to the PD

    Development of "Best Practices" document associated with the use of Laptops
    Flaurie and Heather

    Curriculum Piece: Plan this with Nanci to make sure she is here (anne and chris as well if possible)
    • Another meeting will be scheduled prior to our December meeting to focus primarily on curriculum piece
    • Development of guiding principles
    • Bootcamp Planning as part of curriculum piece

    Administrative leadership involvement is needed in the laptop committee (from Matt)

    Software Needs

    Next Steps

    Faculty Concerns regarding the use of laptops

    Social Use VS Academic use


    Student Laptop Committe
    Members: HS: Anna Powell (senior), Emily Colvin, Sammy Rao, Tayo Amos (Juniors), Hannah Fields (Frosh), Sam Cecil (Soph), Annie Cardinal (Soph)