Project RED has learned a great deal from other organizations’ efforts to make technology a successful and cost-effective tool for K-12 schools. Listed here are resources which may be helpful to your district as you work through the implementation process.
Please note: these links take you to sites outside of Project RED. Project RED is not responsible for the content on third party web sites.
Policies, Infrastructure, Training Resources from a 1:1 Laptop Initiative
Explore a real-life case study on a one-to-one implementation in Kent, WA. The Kent School District has created a web site dedicated to its laptop initiative, including a robust section on the policies, infrastructure, technical specifications, student and teacher training, family involvement, and more.
Implementation Tools (Financial)
Total Cost of Ownership Case Studies & Tool
View case studies on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) from four school districts of varying sizes and settings. Users can also request access to the TCO Tool to determine their own districts’ data.
Total Cost of Ownership Resources
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) shares Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) resources, including tips for performing a TCO assessment, the latest TCO news, and a checklist for efficient IT operations.
Value of Investment Findings & Worksheet
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) provides its Value of Investment (VOI) findings. VOI is a methodology to weigh the costs and benefits of proposed projects to determine if they can be financially justified. A VOI Project Cost Estimator Worksheet is available for download and completion.
Implementation Tools (Principals)
Using Technology with McREL’s Instructional Strategies
Based upon the nine instructional strategies identified by Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), Lee's Summit R-7 School District has compiled a comprehensive overview of each strategy as it relates to technology, along with links to various instructional resources.
Classroom Observation using Hand-held Devices
Learn how McREL's Power Walkthrough software lets you use hand-held devices (PDA, Tablet PC, Blackberry, iPhone) loaded with McREL software that uses its popular manual, Classroom Instruction that Works, as the basis for classroom observations.
Best Practices in Instruction using iPads for Peer Observation
This collection of slides helps discover best practices in instruction related to McREL’s “Classroom Instruction That Works” model, using iPads for peer observation.
Implementation Tools (Infrastructure)
Infrastructure and Systems Resources from a District 1:1 Initiative
As part of its one-to-one laptop initiative, Kent School District in Washington shares the inner workings of its infrastructure and systems. This helpful resource covers how the district handles networking, wireless, security, and other decisions to keep its robust program running smoothly.
Implementation Tools (Policy)
Responsible Use Policy from a District 1:1 Initiative
View the Responsible Use Policy of Mooresville Graded School District, which must be signed by both parents and students as part of the District’s technology initiative. This policy is an excellent model to keep students safe and to mitigate liability for a district.
Usage Fee Policy from a District 1:1 Initiative
View the Usage Fee Policy of Mooresville Graded School District. This document provides language around what is covered (such as regular maintenance) and what is not (such as damage due to negligence).
Sample Acceptable Use Policies
View Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) for a variety of devices, including cell phones, laptops, and more.
Implementation Tools (Parent/Community Education)
Family Involvement Strategies from a 1:1 Laptop Initiative
As part of its one-to-one laptop initiative, Kent School District in Washington shares how “Family Involvement” is an important component of its program.
Internet Safety Resources for Parents
Explore resources and documents that offer advice to parents on internet safety, including discussion guides, videos, and printable parent tip sheets.
Parent/Student Handbook from a District 1:1 Initiative
This comprehensive parent/student handbook covers a wide variety of policies of Kent School District’s one-to-one initiative.
Professional Development Tools (Instructional Tools)
One-to-One Institute provides hundreds of categorized resources on their wiki for instruction and administration. Registration is required at www.wikispaces.com to join this community. Registration on both Wikispaces and OTOCommunity is free.
Lesson Plans and Educational Resources from the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation offers free lesson plans and educational resources, including interactive activities, videos, and recorded webinars. Browse the resources by grade level, theme or topic.
Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources from Discovery Education
Discovery Education offers a variety of lesson plans, teacher resources, and printable worksheets by grade level and subject.
Google Lesson Plan Search Tool
Use the powerful Google Lesson Plan Search tool to browse thousands of submitted lesson plans and resources by grade level and subject.
Lesson Plan Builder for Computer Integration
The NTeQ Lesson Plan Builder offers a step-by-step tool for creating lesson plans for computer integration. View existing lessons plans and modify them for your needs, or build your own lesson plans.
Professional Development Tools (Classroom Procedures and Management)
Classroom Management and Procedures from a District 1:1 Initiative
Godfrey-Lee School District shares policies, procedures, and classroom management documentation by grade level for its one-to-one initiative.
Professional Development Tools (Tutorials)
Student-friendly Technology Tutorials
View student-friendly technology tutorials for various software applications, ranging from Microsoft Excel to Dreamweaver.
Case Studies of 1:1 Implementations
View case studies from the One-to-One Institute on a variety of K-12 one-to-one implementations, including information such as the phases of implementation, device selection, professional development, and funding sources. The One-to-One Institute offers the opportunity to connect interested district leaders to the featured schools in these case studies for more information.