Pilot Data Evaluation

Take-aways from the digital device pilots based on student, teacher, and parent surveys as well as discussions with teachers, administrators, and DTLT members: 
  • 97% of K-7 and 10-12 grade parents completing the survey state they have a computer in their home and 96% state they have Internet access.
  • 82% of K-7 and 10-12 grade parents completing the survey are in favor of the District creating a 1:1 digital environment in their child’s school. 
  • 81% of 8th grade parents completing the survey and 87% of 9th grade parents completing the survey are in favor of the District continuing the 1:1 digital environment in their child’s school.
  • The most significant concerns with students having digital devices expressed by K-7 and 10-12 grade parents completing the survey were accidental damage and theft. The insurance program currently in place addresses those concerns. 
  • 67% of 8th and 9th grade parents surveyed indicate the benefits of students having access to digital device outweigh the concerns.
  • 56% of 9th grade parents support the idea of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).
  • 91% of Elementary Teachers support an expansion of technology at the elementary level during the 14-15 school year.
  • Survey data suggests varying levels of Chromebook use by location and department at the high school level.
  • Developing a high-quality professional development program that is required for teachers and staff is essential to the success of technology integration as supported by survey data from the teaching staff. Building a culture capable of full implementation is necessary before moving to a full 1 to 1 initiative.
  • Approximately 64% of high school teachers favor implementation of carts of Chromebooks instead of 1 to 1 at this time. 
  • Survey data suggests a supportive culture to implement Chromebooks at the 8th grade level and to expand technology to the 6th and 7th grades.
  • The iPad is well suited for the needs of our elementary students due to its:
    • speed and versatility
    • creation aspect 
    • apps available for differentiation
    • ability to perform routine formative assessment to inform learning and teaching
    • tactile nature 
    • ruggedness
    • When surveyed, the elementary teacher preference for a digital device was for a tablet such as the iPad. 
  • iPads in the protective case (Griffin Survivor) have experienced minimal damage (3 total so far for the 2013-14 school year – less than 1% since the beginning of the pilot in September of 2012).
  • Managing iPads in a cart environment is difficult at best.
  • Chromebooks appear to meet a large percentage of student needs at the middle and high schools which includes Internet access for research, a dedicated keyboard to create compositions, and the ability to create and collaborate. 
  • Due to the clamshell characteristic of the Chromebook, it is more difficult to protect it from damage. As a result we have seen screen damage to approximately 7% (40) of the devices so far this year. The insurance option has taken care of the costs associated with necessary repairs. 
  • There is a need to continue to build and increase infrastructure across the District including access points and bandwidth for the Internet to provide all schools and all students the access necessary to effectively utilize the digital devices.
Wide Area Network (WAN) Bandwidth Needs- Below is a graphic showing the bandwidth utilization at Franklin Elementary prior to implementing the 1:1 iPad pilot.  The data suggest there the 100 MB WAN circuit in place was sufficient.

Below is a graphic show bandwidth utilization after the 1:1 iPad pilot after one year of implementation.  Between the download (green) and upload (blue) requirements, the 100 MB circuit is at full capacity.  More bandwidth will be needed at all locations in order to support 1:1 mobile learning.

Additionally, there are national suggestions for what school districts should plan for Wide Area Network and Internet Access levels.  Below is a graphic illustration the suggestions and WSD capacities:

SETDA Suggestions

Network Infrastructure - The current switching and telephone infrastructure is very aged.  Replacement of this infrastructure will need to be addressed in the very near future.  Below are statistics indicating the need:
  • The current Voice Over IP Phone (VOIP) phone system is approximately 10 years old.  The servers that run the system are End-of-Life and manufacture support will end during the summer of 2014.
  • The overall switching infrastructure in the district is also very aged and becoming time sensitive.  The graphic below shows that over 75% of current inventory is over 9 years old, with those over this age averaging 10.8 years old.