5 Must-Haves for Any 1-to-1 School

With roughly 52,000 students and a slightly larger number of Chromebooks sharing the same classroom spaces, the Plano Independent School District recently joined the ranks of other K-12 organizations investing in large scale 1-to-1 computing environments.  Dubbed the “One2Web” initiative, Plano ISD’s 1-to-1 program is addressing the challenge of managing a fleet of enterprise Chromebooks and all their associated resources. Here are the five tools we couldn’t do it without.

1) Single Sign-on

Our single sign-on tool,ClassLink, is used by nearly everyone every day. Beyond providing one click access to the products we use to learn, teach and do the work of schooling, we also glean invaluable insights about how often other tools are being used.  Simply placing launchable tiles on our users’ custom app dashboards serves to promote resources in a way that we haven’t been able to achieve before now.

2) Web Filtering and Classroom Management

Before rolling out the bulk of our 52,000 Chromebooks, we engaged groups of classroom teachers and campus administrators in a “pre-mortem” activity. During the exercise, we asked participants to imagine that our 1-to-1 project had been an abject failure. Then we asked the groups to think about all of the factors that likely would have contributed to that failure. Digital distractions kept bubbling to the surface as a consensus concern.

3) Office and Productivity Suite

Plano ISD staff and students have been using G Suite for Education productivity and presentation tools for a very long time. Years before we started talking about our One2Web initiative, Google Drive, Docs and Classroom held a prominent place in this district’s digital ecosystem.  Since we rolled out the Chromebooks, that G Suite for Education footprint has become even more pronounced.

4) Instructional Content Creation

While pre-packaged content has proved to be a vitally important element within our instructional toolkit, we recognize that many teachers still want and deserve the autonomy to create their own digital materials and to enhance existing content through digital customizations and edits.

5) Cloud Printing Management

Despite our future-facing posture, Plano ISD is still operating inside the gap that exists between the printed past and the largely paperless future. Until that day arrives, we want to give our users the ability to get work done in the most efficient and effective way possible.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Dan Armstrong and Matt Frey in THE JOURNAL, follow this link for the complete are and more details.