I'm writing this in early July, and even as last school year becomes a memory, my thoughts have been on the first day of the 2005-06 school year and the initial rollout of our student tablet PC program. I now have an entire wall of my shop stacked to the ceiling with boxes of tablet computers. I have 45 new teachers participating in the program who received their tablets last month and who are anxiously awaiting our summer training workshops. I have documentation that needs to be written, and I have tips for both tablet use as well as classroom management to be communicated to teachers, students, and administrators. This is a slightly overwhelming but very exciting time.
After nearly 3 years of research, pilots, and school visits; after countless meetings, committees, and presentations; after extensive training, workshops, and professional days, we are ready to really get started. While it has taken us quite a while to get our program off the ground, I am enthusiastic about the amount of planning and training that has gone into it. I am confident that we are as prepared as we can possibly be. Over the next month and a half, my staff and I will work hard to put that planning into practice and to make sure that the first week of school goes as smoothly as possible.
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