1. Thus, this is the year when we move to a Windows 10 unified environment. This has already made things much easier, and it will reduce the amount of learning time lost solving tech problems. Having Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Apple OSX created problems that resulted in more support effort from the IT Department and more time lost in class. It can happen this year as Windows 10 upgrades are free, and our Mac students can bootcamp Win10 for no cost as well.
Interestingly, when I explained in detail to parents, staff and students there were only two Mac parents who commented; overall, parents could see the advantages.
2. We are also moving as an organization more into the world of digital ink. We are not mandating this yet, but have flagged the move to parents. The timeline we have provided is the next two to three years. We provided plenty of explanation for the move, with Travis Smith's great video and Sharon Oviatt's research/latest book being made available to parents. However, our timeline looks like it will be reduced. We had a 'set up your laptop' day for Year 7 students and new students last Thursday - before school officially starts - and over 80% of the laptops were pen based devices. Most were Surface Pros.
It looks like many people can see the advantages of digital ink to support learning.
The video below is the 60 minute version of the presentation. A 14 minute edited version is available from this link.