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Lessons Learned: 2 Years Into Going Google With 1:1 Chromebooks

Location: W176bc

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Panel

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: W176bc

Mike Johnson   Jeremy King   Allie Schultze  
Hear about the successes, challenges and lessons learned now that we’ve completed the second year of our 1:1 program with over 25,000 Chromebooks across 43 schools. Learn from our mistakes and plan your own path to success.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to share our experience after 2 years of implementing a 1-to-1 Chromebook program in a large school district. We launched our program with over 25,000 devices at 43 different schools across our large county.

We’ll discuss the initial planning, and talk about the successes and problems we’ve faced as we implemented this. We’ll also discuss how we’ve dealt with problems and how other districts can avoid those problems and learn from our adventures.

We used Macbooks for our 1-to-1 program for 4 years and made the change to Chromebooks 2 years ago. We’ll also discuss the reasons for the change and benefits and drawbacks to using each type of hardware.

Participants will be able to:

-Plan for the implementation of a 1-to-1 Chromebook program
-Identify potential problems with a Chromebook rollout
-Establish a plan for managing G-Suite for Education

This program has been a success because the devices are in the hands of students and they are using them regularly in their classes.


tion of panelists and overview of our district - 3 minutes

Going Google - 5 minutes
Discussion of why we chose to use Google and change from Macbooks to Chromebooks
Overview of how to set up GAFE account
Selecting a device - 5 minutes
Brief overview of the devices available
Details about the device we chose and how it’s worked for us
User and Device Management - 15 minutes
Demonstration and discussion of our user management system (org units, importing from SIS, Google Apps Directory Sync)
Demonstration and discussion of our app approval and request system
Discussion of options set on user accounts through the GAFE admin panel for users and devices
Discussion of our system for inventory, repairs and work order tracking
Networking, security and filtering - 10 minutes
Demonstration and discussion of system for filtering and security
Discussion of network configuration to accommodate 25,000 devices
Getting help and using other resources: management tools, GAM, GAFE group, etc. - 10 minutes
Demonstration and discussion of GAM for managing users and devices
Discussion of available help from Google and other sources for dealing with problems
PD for Teachers and Staff - 10 minutes
Discussion of our ongoing professional development for teachers to ensure the devices are used to meet instructional goals in the schools

Conclusion and contact info - 2 minutes

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Mike Johnson, Baldwin County Public Schools
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Jeremy King, Baldwin County Public Schools

Jeremy has served as the Education Technology Support Services Coordinator for Baldwin County Public Schools in Alabama for five years. He is a eMINTS Certified Trainer, Google Certified Educator, and Certified Cognitive Coach. Jeremy serves on the board for the Alabama Leaders in Education Technology (ALET) the ISTE affiliate in Alabama. Before becoming coordinator he as a technology facilitator and a classroom teacher. Jeremy holds a B.S. in Language Arts Education and an M.ED. in Instructional Technology. He is currently helping develop the curriculum for a the Alabama Certified Technology Integration Coach program with ALET.

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Allie Schultze, Baldwin County Public Schools

Allie Schultze is a Consulting Teacher with Baldwin County Public Schools in the Education Technology department. She has a BA in Deaf Education and MA in Educational Technology, both from Michigan State University. She is a Google for Education Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 and Certified Trainer. She is also an eMINTS Affiliated Trainer. Allie loves experimenting with new tech tools and is currently working with librarians to create makerspaces in her district's schools.

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