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
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. 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
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.