Random Thoughts on SBAC Preparedness

Just a random thought exercise. By no means definitive.

  • Internet Bandwidth – 100Mbps per 10,000 kids. (SBAC Tech Specs)
  • School WAN connections to the District Office – 250Mbps-1Gbps (more is better)
  • Campus Backbones – 1Gbps, 10Gbps if you can (again, more is better)
  • Bandwidth Shaping at the Firewall
  • A Wireless Access Point in every classroom. 4-5 in the Gym/Multi-Purpose Rooms
    • Look for low cost, high value, easy to setup and support, should not require a certification in wifi to manage
  • An online, platform agnostic collaboration suite. Preferably free – I’m partial to Google Apps for Education
  • Devices for teachers – See “In A Perfect EdTech World
  • Student Devices (Goal should be 1:1)
    • 1:1 Take Home – iPads. Management overhead in a shared cart model is problematic.
    • 1:1 Classroom Cart Model – Ubermix 11.6″ Notebooks  or Chromebooks
    • Shared Classroom Cart Model/Library/Learning Labs – Chromebooks
    • 1:1 Take Home With No Internet – Ubermix 11.6″ Notebooks
    • K-2 Learning Environments and Special Ed – iPads
    • 3-8th SBAC (Cal-MAPP) testing – Chromebooks or Ubermix 11.6″ Notebooks
    • In A Perfect SBAC Free 1:1 World – A tablet or every student with Chromebooks sprinkled throughout the classrooms
  • PD – The Elephant In The Room, as Dr. Vollmert likes to say.
    • Basic Tech Skills
    • Online Collaboration and Creation Skills
    • Content Search and Acquisition Skills
    • Technology Integration Into Daily Instruction Skills
    • EdTech Departments – Need a Cadre of Instructional Support People to help teachers and administrators develop these skills
  • Tech Support – The Hippopotamus In The Room
    • Site Techs – One for every 3-13 sites isn’t going to cut it anymore
      • 1 Per Comprehensive High School
      • 1 Per every two Middle Schools
      • 1 Per every 3-4 Elementary Schools
  • Sustainable Funding
    • No more school by school technology purchases
    • No more “one time money” tech planning
    • Need scheduled refresh cycles – student devices have a three year shelf life
    • LCFF lets districts set priorities, make sure sustainable equitable access to technology is one of them

What did I miss?