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Going Google With 1:1 Chromebooks — 3 Years of Tears, Cheers and Changes

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Sunday, June 23, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: 121AB

Mike Johnson   Jeremy King   Allie Schultze  
Learn about the successes and challenges we faced three years into our 1:1 Chromebook program that provides equal access to over 32,000 K-12 students. Learn from our mistakes and discuss the changes we've made to improve this initiative as you plan your own path to success.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: BYOD/1:1 instructional programs
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to share our experience after 3 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 for grades 3-12. We’ve now expanded it to provide equal access to technology to all 32,000 students K-12.
A major part of this initiative is to provide equal access to all students. We’ll discuss this goal and the budgeting process we use to provide access to all students with no technology fees.

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 3 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 all students and they are using them regularly in their classes.


Going Google - 10 minutes
Discussion of why we chose to use Google and change from Macbooks to Chromebooks
Discussion of budgeting process and providing equal access for all students with no technology fees
Overview of how to set up G-Suite 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 - 10 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 G-Suite 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, G-Suite 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
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Allie Schultze, Baldwin County Public Schools

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