Drew: (Taking a little liberty with your question, I will
that Dr. Puentadura has been well regarded by another gentleman that has spent
quite a bit of time here in Vermont over the last couple of years, that being
Jim Moulton. I think the recommendation for Dr. P. being involved came
from Jim Moulton. I think that he probably has some good insight on some
ways that schools can begin to approach the one to one scenario. I would
encourage you to check out the initial offerings and see what you might be able
to take from it.
Vermont is actually pursuing some of these models, though not on the
level that Maine has. One of the reasons for not pursuing the Maine model
is that we have not committed local or Vermont funding to this initiative as
Maine has. Maine's legislature made a bold move some years ago when they
committed funding to this project and have continued to commit the funds.
The Vermont legislature has not done this yet, though they have been opening
themselves up to more discussion about how something like that could be
beneficial in the state. I have had a couple of opportunities since being
in this position to discuss the positive aspects of technology and the strengths
it can bring to classrooms. I hope to have further conversations
this coming winter.
the ways we are supporting one to one and technology rich classrooms is through
the Professional Development side of it with the grant program that went out
last month and is now getting ready to choose schools as models. That is
the Professional Development for Tech Rich Classrooms grant which is seeking
models around the state to train and highlight in the ways that technology makes
significant impact on teacher practice. This regional program, titled The
Vermont E-Learning Project is launching this week and seeking six model schools
around the state as well as offering regional workshops along the same lines.
Stay tuned for that announcement.
Digital Wish, Heather Chirtea's organization is also pursuing a model
around 1:1 as well and has some impressive logistics on how it can be jump
started in schools. That project is piloting out some schools as
well. There is also a state level project in the works that is
awaiting word on stimulus funding that will also address 1:1 or something close
Formula grants are ways that many of our schools are addressing
technology rich classrooms too. I have seen many programs started this
year with ARRA funds that are bringing netbooks into classrooms. The low
cost of these units is attractive to many schools and some have even taken
textbook funds to pay for them. I think the piece here that is important is the
sharing of experiences that we can have. If you are one of those places
doing this kind of model, talk about it on this list... there are others that
are hoping to do similar things.
Lastly, there are some more competitive grants coming this year through
the SPARK grants that will support 1:1 and tech rich models as well. Stay
tuned for these opportunities as well.
answer to your short question.. but I feel that sometimes I am not vocal enough
about the ways our efforts can work together.
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I've been asked to attend the Dine and Discuss with Dr. Puentedura
regarding 1:1 computing, and also go to all the follow up sessions. While
I love to broaden my horizons and professional knowledge, is this worth my
time> I'm well aware of Maine's 1:1 initiative and its successes, but
is this something VT is actually pursuing? If not, then why should I go to
these meetings? If this is isn't supported at the highest level, with
appropriate funding, it's a pipe dream.
Thoughts? Anyone going? What do you know about this that makes
it worth your time?
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