As you remember many months ago I started our staff iPad program, and the lovely little journey of discovery that we went on. Well, it has been going very well, so much so that we took it to the next logical level, a staff MacBook program.
The goal here was not only to support the iPad program with new, teacher created resources, but to foster an environment of communication, collaboration and creation with all the staff. If you want to know more about the thinking behind this and my goals for the program you can download my proposal below (the resources part of this post you see)
Now setting up staff on MacBooks was a pretty big change. We were yet to have a laptop program for staff, and a lot were new to the OS X operating system. I went about getting the devices into hands of the staff in a similar way to the iPads. Getting the Macs them before the holiday break, providing a range of resources to help get going with the device (such as videos on the Staff PD iTunes U Course) and let everyone explore and experiment over the break.
When we came back for Term 4 I ran a Curriculum Day that focused on our new devices and also the pedagogy behind them – the why, what will these devices enable in our teachers? and of course, students – all very centred around communication and collaboration.
Below you will find all the resources I created in the lead-up and launch of this program.
- Staff MacBook Air Program Proposal
- Staff Laptop User Agreement
- Agile Technology = Agile Teachers Professional Learning Day Keynote
- And finally, my how-to overview video of the MacBooks for staff to explore with over the Term 3 break: