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4 perspectives on 1:1 success

By Nicole Krueger 8/8/2014 Mobile learning 1:1

Making the transition to a 1:1 learning environment may seem daunting, especially after some districts have experienced the pitfalls so publicly. But there’s plenty to learn from the failures as well as the successes.

As more schools embark on 1:1 initiatives, the collective body of knowledge continues to grow. Here are four perspectives to consider as you plan your own 1:1 program:

1. Laying the groundwork

“Although I am firmly in favor of students using and accessing technology… I’m also aware that 1:1 programs can be either a highly effective means of improving teaching and learning or a disastrous waste of money,” says tech director Doug Johnson. He offers 10 questions you should be ready to answer about your 1:1 initiative.

2. Choosing a 1:1 device

Selecting a device for your 1:1 program should begin with a systemwide (or schoolwide) conversation. Rushton Hurley outlines five questions to ask before settling on a mobile device.

3. Sustaining long-term change

Deploying mobile devices is just the starting point, says district leader Patrick Larkin — the real trick is to avoid stagnation. He explores why it’s important for teachers and administrators to stay outside their comfort zones.

4. Supporting tech integration

From a robust infrastructure to community support, certain conditions are needed for a 1:1 program to thrive. Take the Lead & Transform diagnostic survey to find out where you are on the spectrum and how to get to where you want to be.

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