Step 17: Establish onsite service structures
Introducing additional devices into any school will have a significant impact on technical support staff and resources.
Providing adequate onsite technical support and service is essential in ensuring a 1-to-1 program runs smoothly. Therefore, ICT support must be carefully planned. Providing a physical space as a first contact point is an important first step.
Step 18: Conduct parent and/or community sessions
A 1-to-1 program can impact significantly on parents. Therefore, they need to support the program. Additionally, research shows students with interested and involved parents demonstarte better educational outcomes.
A series of well-structured parent information sessions will ensure your 1-to-1 project is supported and embraced.
To obtain a positive result, use a combination of communication tactics, including written documents, parent meetings, and opportunities for one-to-one discussions.
Step 19: Order devices and prepare for deployment
There are several tasks that need completion before you can distribute devices to students including testing, imaging, registering, etc.
These tests can be time consuming. Order devices early to help make additional technical available during this process.
Step 20: Distribute student laptops
Set up formal agreements with parents and guardians about students' use of laptop computers.
Manage the deployment very closely to ensure students receive the correct devices as per the signed agreements with their parents or guardians.
Carefully consider the timing of the deployment to minimize disruptions to classroom practice and the functioning of each device.
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