Irving Independent School District, Irving TX.
School Laptop Initiative
http://www.irvingisd.net/one2one/main.htmIrving Independent School District uses student laptops
supplied by Dell, and some teachers also have Macs.
Director of Instructional Technology: Sam Farsaii
Irving's laptop handbook in
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of students: 31,000
Per pupil expenditure: $5,883
Technology budget total: $32,801,272
Technology expenditure per pupil: $1062.91
Computer/Student ratio: 2 students per computer
The technology leadership team, already in place, agreed
about the necessity of a long-term upgrade plan. "A five-year
plan ... would result in reaching a vision for the district
shared by school board members, parents and teachers," explains
Anderson. "The consensus was that everyone wanted laptops for
every student and [for] teachers to all have their own
At the same time, the district was planning its fourth high
school, the Academy of Irving. School leaders decided to bundle
the two projects. A $47 million bond issue garnered 85 percent
community support in 1999. The technology plan revolved around
an ATM network platform for the new school, equipping it to
handle video, audio and computer data transmission over the same
network. The money would also be used to create a new technology
platform--with student laptops as the centerpiece--for the rest
of the district.
Through a recent survey completed by 1,080
students, 755 reported using their laptops daily for learning.
And 885 students said the laptop is "extremely useful" or
"useful." When asked about how the laptop changed their
attitudes, 704 students said the tool has given them "much
greater" or "slightly better" appreciation for school. Students
also reported greater skills mastery in areas such as computer
basics, PowerPoint and e-mail when they compared their current
skills to their pre-laptop skills.
Staff development in Irving ISD
is moving beyond how to work computer applications towards how
to use them in effective teaching. High school teachers are
required to undergo 24 hours of training on integrating
computers into teaching. The district is the leading user of
Voyager instructional technology training in Texas. And every
campus in the district has at least two full-time staff members
dedicated to making technology work in the classroom. Campus
technicians (CTs) keep things runningrepairing and installing
equipment. Instructional technology specialists (ITSs) help with
specifics of technology-integrated teaching, providing
just-in-time training for teachers specific to their students
Technology is vital to teaching and learning for the 21st
Technology will be transparent in every classroom and
integrated throughout the curriculum.
All students in grades 3rd 12th will be supported with a
personal computing device.
Teachers and students will be equipped with current
technologies that make learning interesting, motivating and
relevant to the real world.
Professional staff will use tools for teaching and managing
Students will be responsible for their own learning.
Technology will be accessible and in working order at all
times for teaching and learning.
The Long Range Planning Committee identified the following
needs to be addressed by the long range plan:
The written curriculum must include the integration of
Instruction must develop students higher order thinking
skills through the use of technology.
The district must develop more ways to assess students using
The district must provide more professional development to
teachers and administrators to keep them up to date on best
practices and technology skills.
All district systems must be upgraded on a regular basis to
support departmental functions.
The district will continue to move toward its goal of a
one-to-one environment for all students 3rd -12th grade.
The district must provide a robust, reliable infrastructure to
support the instructional needs of teachers and students.
The district needs to continue to use technology as a means to
provide information to parents and the community so they are
part of the learning process.
2. Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to the
a. Using the network for illegal activities, including
copyright, license, or contract violations or downloading
inappropriate materials, viruses, and/or software, such as but
not limited to hacking and host file sharing software.
b. Using the network for financial or commercial gain,
advertising, or political lobbying.
c. Accessing or exploring on-line locations or materials that do
not support the curriculum and/or are inappropriate for school
assignments, such as but not limited to pornographic sites.
d. Vandalizing and/or tampering with equipment, programs, files,
software, system performance, or other components of the
network. Use or possession of hacking software is strictly
e. Causing congestion on the network or interfering with the
work of others, e.g., chain letters or broadcast messages to
lists or individuals.
f. Intentionally wasting finite resources, i.e., on-line time,
g. Gaining unauthorized access anywhere on the network.
h. Revealing the home address or phone number of one's self or
i. Invading the privacy of other individuals.
j. Using another user's account, password, or ID card or
allowing another user to access your account, password, or ID.
k. Coaching, helping, observing, or joining any unauthorized
activity on the network.
l. Forwarding/distributing e-mail messages without permission
from the author.
m. Posting anonymous messages or unlawful information on the
n. Engaging in sexual harassment or using objectionable language
in public or private messages, e.g., racist, terroristic,
abusive, sexually explicit, threatening, demeaning, stalking, or
o. Falsifying permission, authorization, or identification
p. Obtain copies of or modify files, data, or passwords
belonging to other users on the network.
q. Knowingly placing a computer virus on a computer or network.
The district is currently conducting a district-wide program
evaluation of the Irving ISD laptop program at all the high
schools. We are surveying students and teachers with online
questionnaires, conducting focus group interviews, and
classroom observations in order to see how well the program is
being implemented. We have contracted with the University of
North Texas to analyze the data we collect. We will continue to
use a similar approach each year as we gather data about
our technology program.
Copyrighted software or data may not be placed on any system
connected to the District's system without permission from the
holder of the copyright. Only the copyright owner, or individual
the owner specifically authorizes, may upload copyrighted
material to the system.
Original work created by District student shall require written
permission from the student (and the student's parent if the
student is a minor) to be posted on a District Web site or to be
transmitted via any District television or radio transmission.
Classroom assignments are exempted from this requirement, but
teachers shall approve classroom assignments for appropriateness
and acceptability before posting or transmitting.
If the property is not timely returned, is damaged, lost or
stolen, you are responsible for the reasonable cost of repair or
the replacement value on the date of the loss. In the case of
theft, a police report must be filed. If the laptop is lost
because of a negligent or deliberate action not covered by
insurance, you are responsible for the entire replacement costs.
The maximum amount for which you will be liable is $1,700.
For a $40 premium payment, insurance is available through the
for student laptop computers.
With insurance, parents are responsible for the $100.00
deductible per incident or claim.
Insurance only protects in certain events that occur at home,
school, or on the road. Examples of coverage and exclusions are
show on the next page.
In case of theft, vandalism, and other criminal acts, a police
report MUST be filed by the student or parent.
The deductible must be paid BEFORE the laptop can be repaired.
In case of theft, the deductible must be paid and the police
report filed BEFORE the laptop can be replaced.
Student and parents are responsible for full payment of
damages or losses NOT covered by insurance.
The district has desktop computers in the classroom. These
computers can be used by students if they do not have their
laptop. They will be able to access their saved work on their
Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver.
Presence of weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate
language, alcohol, drug, gang related symbols or pictures will
result in disciplinary actions.
Passwords on screensavers and power-on screen are not to be
There is a $15 reimaging charge to get rid of any of the
Sound will be muted at all times unless permission is obtained
from the teacher for instructional purposes.
No headphones except for instructional purposes.
Do not delete any folders or files that you did not create or
that you do not recognize. Deletion of certain files will result
in a computer failure and will interfere with your ability to
complete class work and may affect your grades.
There is a $15 reimaging charge to correct system files.
Music, Games, or Programs
Music and games may not be downloaded. This may be a violation
of copyright laws.
All software loaded on the system must be District approved.
There is a $15 reimaging charge to get rid of any unapproved
software or files.
No Loaning or Borrowing Laptops
Do not loan laptops to other students.
Do not borrow a laptop from another student.
Do NOT share passwords or usernames