One-to-one device initiatives have exploded in popularity and have dramatically changed the classroom environment. Dedicated device access doesn’t just benefit students through improved educational outcomes, but also benefits districts by enabling innovation and providing a clear return on educational investment. IT teams, however, can struggle with the greatly increased burdens of managing fragmented device platforms, and the increased staffing that 1:1 initiatives often demand can limit funding for other important initiatives.

In 2016, Lafayette (IN) Catholic School System was preparing to make our entire system 1:1 by adding grades pre-K through six to the middle and high school program already in...

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  • About the Author:

    Jeffrey Botteron is the director of learning design and technology for Lafayette Catholic School System in Indiana. Over the past three years, Botteron has worked with students at Central Catholic Jr. – Sr. High School to develop a student-run tech team responsible for 1:1 device imaging and deployment; FileWave software packaging, testing, and deployment; and the day-to-day operation of the high school technology help desk. The structure of the technology team has helped improve ticket response times and reduce IT personnel expenditures.

    Botteron started his career as a biology and chemistry teacher in Albany, New York. Prior to joining Lafayette Catholic School System, he worked as a school turnaround consultant for CSUSA, Teach Plus, and Mass Insight. In his varied roles, Botteron helped schools maximize the use of time, people, money, and technology to better serve students.