Both schools' budgets have passed.  We're going forward with 1-to-1 at Winooski, starting with the freshmen next year.   BHS seems committed to 1-to-1 as well.

Given the population of students at Winooski, there's no way we can even consider a lease to own option.  We're struggling to come up with an equitable fee to charge students at the beginning of the year, but agree some sort of, er, economic investment contributes to a feeling of ownership and responsibility.  Now that we've been guaranteed funding, we'll be creating a comprehensive plan about how and when to do this whole thing.  Initially, though, the machines will need to remain housed at school until students, parents and staff are fully onboard with the program (so to speak).  


On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM, Keith Nemlich <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Any schools thinking about a "lease to own" arrangement, where students are charged an annual "activity fee" that goes towards the annual lease on the laptop? Free and reduced students could be covered by outside funding, if needed. Such an arrangement would establish a sense of ownership, which goes a long way towards proper handling. It would take care of the cycling out of equipment at the end of four years.

Just another way to think about 1:1 programs.

Keith Nemlich
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Manchester Elementary Middle School
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On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:24 AM, Raymond Ballou <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
or how did this turn out for Winooski?

"The meeting’s most contentious issue, however, was about personal laptops
being given to students. The idea would be for each student to receive a
laptop at the beginning of freshman year and to use it until graduation,
eliminating the need for textbooks, Martineau said.

The $80,000 to fund this program would come from the Nellie Mae Education
Fund, a $3.5 million grant jointly received by Winooski and Burlington schools.

Several citizens said they worried about students taking the laptops home
with them after school and using them for Facebook and other social media
purposes instead of for academic purposes. Others voiced concern about
whether parents would have to pay if a student’s laptop were stolen or

Martineau said many of the details still need to be worked out but that
students wouldn’t be allowed to take the laptops home until they have
demonstrated that they can use them responsibly.

“It would be a disservice to students for life after high school if they don’t
learn how to appropriately use technology now,” Martineau said, adding that
the school would address issues like cyberbullying and appropriate use of
social networking."

Drew Blanchard, MAT
Technology Teacher
Winooski City Schools
Normand St.
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655 - 3530 x6073