Intro to defining deployment scope
In education, iPad and Mac deployments vary in scope — ranging from deploying shared devices in individual classrooms to deploying one-on-one devices throughout a district.
In phase 1, you define the scope of your deployment, set a timeline for milestones and measure project success as you progress through implementation to full utilisation.
You can use this table as a checklist to help you highlight the scope of your deployment project.
Establish learning objectives
Prioritise needs and select appropriate deployment scenario
Identify key stakeholders
Establish a communications plan
Apple has worked with education researchers and Apple Distinguished Schools to learn what it takes to build successful deployments. Those findings are compiled in the Apple Leadership series of books, with insights and learnings from similar deployments that can help you and your leadership team establish a vision for your own initiative. ￼ For example:
Innovation in Schools shows how innovative leaders leverage technology to develop learning, teaching and their school environment. It outlines the stages of innovation we see schools go through when they introduce, integrate, then innovate with new technology.
Elements of Leadership explores developing strategies around vision, culture, capacity, team, community, finance and measure — to influence learning, teaching and the environment of your school.
Define project success
Measuring the changes that happen help sustain the new learning environment. Schools that are most successful in doing this identify the changes they want to see, determine how they’ll measure those changes, commit resources and time to measurement, and plan how to share those results with their community. Assessing your school before the initiative provides a baseline as you move forward.
What do you want learning to look like with Apple technology in six months, one year or two years? When you walk into a classroom, what will you observe?
What changes do you want to see? For example, think about ways to measure student growth in how technology empowers them to create and communicate, apply their learning to real-world situations, expand their abilities to work together, and build critical-thinking skills, academic success, engagement, attendance, graduation, retention, materials costs and so on.
What metrics and methods will you use to track them (for example, surveys, existing test data, other data sources)?
It makes sense to use data you’re already collecting — like attendance, student performance or student check-ins — to track these changes against your goals. But be sure to establish new ways to measure your vision for learning, teaching and the school environment.