Effective Projects Case Study
Laptops for Teachers at
Bartlett School District
is a story about a project that started 1/1/2007.
For more information, please contact: Amelia (Jimi) Emery
We purchased 6 laptops to supplement our teacher laptop
program and provided on-site professional development (NWEA Growth and Goals
Training) required for successful implementation. Teachers will use the laptops to access student
assessment data, conduct research, and develop lesson plans linked to their
classroom curriculum, New Hampshire state standards, and their Continuous
Improvement Plan (CIP). One of the
main goals is to use the laptops to access Northwest Evaluation Association
(NWEA) student data, skills improvement areas and growth target goals.
Funding: This project was supported by $10,000 from NCLB
Title II-D (Educational Technology) and $2,000 in local funds. The project illustrates how federal
funding supports “Data collection and analysis
– Implementing individualized instruction by collecting, managing, and
analyzing data to inform and enhance teaching and school improvement efforts.”
The project addressed the following grades and content areas:
PreK-2 Gr3-5 Gr6-8 Data
Josiah Bartlett Elementary
School (JBES) has approximately 300
students in K-8. Students in grades 1-6 are with their teacher for two years (looping).
Kindergarten students spend one year with their teachers and middle school
(7-8) has classes that rotate students through core blocks. Supporting these
loops, we also have special educators and assistants. During the past several
years, we have really started to collect, analyze and utilize student
assessment data. With this concerted effort, we have noted a requirement for
laptops for our teachers. Our teachers need the ability to move from room to
room, go to conferences and take home the tool to help them accomplish the
many tasks associated with data collection… 24/7 access. Laptops directly
assigned to teachers also keeps student confidential data secure. Our
students have a good technology base with an approximate 2:1 student to
computer ratio. Our teachers, however, did not have personal access
The plot: Our most difficult challenge was determining who
would receive the first laptops as not every teacher in the school would be
equipped. Our data team, and tech committee members came together to overcome
this obstacle through several discussion periods. At first, our teachers were tentative with using
this new personal technology, but after a few weeks most were actively
engaged in using this compelling new tool. Another smaller challenge was
small technology glitches such as home access to wireless and occasional
problems with receiving wireless in the building. Learning how to find the
wireless with the best signal was a bit of a learning curve as well.
The teachers: 6
teachers were directly involved. We decided to
provide the six laptops from the grant to a teacher from each grade level.
Our 5/6 team already had a laptop, so they were skipped. The laptops went to
Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7/8.
students: The goal for this
project was to increase student achievement and we feel that was
accomplished. We feel the laptops
provided part of the impetus for more in-depth data analysis and further
refinement and development of differentiated lesson and unit plans.
We asked each participant to complete an
on-line survey prior to attending our NWEA Growth and Goals workshop in
March. After the workshop we asked
participants to take the survey again to measure what knowledge they gained
through the workshop. This was a 19
question survey. Each area on the
survey showed growth.
The difference: As a
measure of evaluation, our NECAP and NWEA scores are strong and our students
have shown growth in skills development. For instance, our NECAP scores in
Reading, Math and Writing we met or exceeded the state scaled scores in all 6
grades that took the test. On a state school comparison of other K-8 schools,
we ranked 14th in Math, 8th in Reading, and 3rd in Writing. Although we strongly support this effort and are willing to share our
story, we feel that the data to support providing laptops to teachers is well
reported. There are many studies that can be found on the Internet and our
research on the Internet was a basis for our request for funding this laptop
effort. According to many studies,
students achieve at a higher level when teachers are giving the support of
personal technology access.
conditions: First, we had to have a willing
group of teachers to participate. Second, we needed training to help the teachers
gain a better understanding of how to retrieve their data, determine goals,
and then differentiate instruction to meet individual students’ needs. We
have found that professional development for each project we take on is very
important. For us, we feel the presenter we had did not fully meet our goals,
but did provide the foundation. We picked up what was missing from the
presentation, through in-house trainings.
for the future: To be honest,
we felt this project worked very well for us and would not make additional
changes. Having additional funds to fully meet our need would be amazing, but
we are very happy with taking this implementation plan on in steps. Since
receiving the funding, we have purchased additional laptops through other funding
means, are near to reaching our complete goal of a laptop for all of our
teachers. For this evaluation we used
Survey Monkey and had no way of knowing who completed both the before and
after surveys. In the future we might
find a way to track who takes the surveys so we have the same number of
survey participants each time.
Recommendations: Do not plan training during Winter months. Be clear of your expectations with your
training facilitator ahead of time.
our story: We have sent out a Success
Report to our School Board, and to let our parents and community members know
of the good news, we have included the information in our school report card
that is given out to every parent and also distributed during our annual School
District Meeting and Town Meeting. During the School Meeting our Board member
reported out as well.
to share: none at this time