BTOP Welcome and Introduction Barb Light, EUPISD BTOP Project Director
Welcome to BTOP! Introductions: ◦ Name, what you teach ◦ When was the first time you remember using technology in a classroom setting and what did you do?
A Federal Grant Program American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds ($10 billion) National Telecommunications and Information Administration ($4.8 billion of the $10 billion) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Our category is sustainable broadband adoption: Anywhere, anytime computing
How much money do we get? million federal cash award million match ◦ $ 760,000 cash ◦ District match of $50.00/student/year (includes device, tech support, software, community awareness) ◦ $ 515,000 in-kind (district tech personnel time and use of school facilities, for example)
What is Broadband? ”Data transmission technology that provides two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to end users.” Source: Connect Michigan Website So basically it’s high speed internet.
What are the objectives? Increase broadband adoption ◦ School to home education is one vector ◦ Community awareness is the other vector Economic development Educational opportunities Medical services and information * A3 is NetLingo for anyplace, anytime, anywhere.
Why Us? We are an underserved area for broadband Previous educational technology initiatives in this region – WE ARE READY!!! Visionary thinking from the ISD This is NOT Freedom to Learn, but we used the lessons we learned from FTL to write this grant.
The Devices!! Dell Latitude 2110 netbooks for all 7-12 grade students ◦ 3 year warranty including accidental breakage ◦ Anti-theft protection ◦ Custom high resolution screen This February/early March, hopefully! For educational and personal use by students Students take the netbooks home, including over the summer
To the CLOUD!
The cloud is a way to have access to your tech tools and files from ANY internet connected device. The EUPISD cloud will be for all students K – 12 and staff, too. The cloud can, and eventually will, be different for different groups of students. The cloud will be refined over the 3 years of the grant. Right now it is pretty basic, but it will grow. Cloud
What do teachers get? Professional development ◦ At least 2 days this year on technology integration and best practice teaching using technology
Community Impact Community meetings ◦ Four evening training sessions per district Technicians available to assist with broadband connections in home Four new positions at the ISD ◦ Project director Barb Light ◦ Computer techs Kathy Fountain, Ryan Gazley ◦ Instructional technologist Suzy Belonga
Quiz 1. What is broadband? ◦ High speed internet 2. What is the federal purpose of the grant? ◦ To increase broadband subscribership and use 3. What is the difference between a netbook and a laptop? ◦ Netbooks are smaller 4. What is the cloud for BTOP? ◦ A way to access your own individualized internet tools and files from any internet connected device
Please do the following: Take the pre-BTOP survey which is on the BTOP Day 1 Training page of the EUPISD website. EUPISD Website ◦ Click on the PROGRAMS tab ◦ Click on BTOP ◦ Click on TAKE THE BTOP SURVEY HERE!
2006 Workforce Readiness Report Center for Public Education “The 21 st Century Education” Tony Wagner’s Survival Skills for 21 st Century Workers
Tony Wagner’s Survival Skills for 21 st Century Workers: 1.) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Think broadly & deeply Surround yourself with people that have different opinions Asking good questions Thinking on their feet Being an effective team member trying to solve problem or task Rob Gordon: more stress on “cadets’ ability to think adaptively & flexibly, as well as critically” (Wagner, p.22) ) Collaboration Lead by influence Global, virtual, working across boundaries like distance, time, skills & Teacher, principal, and professor Speaker nationally & internationally Well known author The first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard
Wagner’s Survival Skills (cont.) 3.) Agility and Adaptability Flexible Able to change Use variety of tools to solve new problems More than 1 “right” answer “ energy or aptitude displayed in initiation of action : enterprise” “readiness to engage in daring or difficult action : initiative” ~Merriam-Webster.com 4.) Initiative and Entrepreneurialism “An achievement orientation & a drive for results” (Wagner, p.33) Lead by influence not commands
Wagner’s Survival Skills (cont.) 5.) Oral and Written Communication Voice! Rob Gordon (Iraq in 2004): soldiers needed to understand, interpret, and communicate what they were seeing in combat Ability to create focus, energy, passion (Wagner, p ). intelligent opinion clear thoughts analyze & reason 6.) Accessing and Analyzing Information Effective web search: easy access to overwhelming amounts of information Find and reason the critical aspects Discover new challenges & opportunities
Final Survival Skill “The use of the Internet and other digital technology has transformed both what young people learn today and how they learn.” (Wagner, 2008, p.178) 7.) Curiosity and Imagination New & effective ways to solve problems Develop new/improved products and services “Out of the box” solutions Engage others Question face value Distinctive products make companies more competitive