In 2010, both the Common Core State
Standards and the first iPad were released. Together,
these changed the name of the game in U.S. education.
The Common Core assessments were designed to be taken online,
requiring students to be comfortable with using and navigating digital
resources. The tablet offered an affordable alternative to computer labs and
carts — one that was portable enough for students to use throughout their school
day and at home.
Reviewing the current body of research, ISTE found that 1:1 programs
were already showing educational gains for students in special education as well
as improved reading and writing skills in certain student populations, piquing
the attention of decision makers.
In late 2012, ISTE hosted a forum for school and district leaders. By
far the most common reason for attending was to learn about the considerations
needed for planning a 1:1 or BYOD program.
Attendees didn't want to reinvent the wheel. They looked to ISTE to bring
together best practices, resources and expertise to help plan for that
transition. Lead &
Transform is our response to that
planning so important?
Los Angeles Unified School
District made headlines last fall after Phase 1
deployment of its 1:1 program resulted in a recall of the issued devices.
Most districts aren't as big as LAUSD and wouldn't necessarily receive the same
kind of national attention. But large or small, school districts need to learn from those who came before
them. Lead & Transform curates tools
recommended by education leaders to help others develop a visionary plan and see
it through to implementation and evaluation.
does Lead & Transform help us meet the ISTE Standards?
ISTE's five sets of standards distinguish the skills needed based on
the role an individual plays in the education enterprise: student, teacher,
coach, computer science teacher or administrator. The standards for these
various roles are intended to help educators navigate the sea of digital
resources, tools and platforms and use them purposefully and meaningfully for
While the standards provide guidance for individuals, ISTE's Essential
Conditions help set the stage for managing the
systemwide transition to digital age learning and teaching. These 14 conditions
are necessary "to effectively leverage technology for
Lead & Transform dives into what the Essential Conditions are and
provides resources, tools and research to help school and district leaders plan
for a major technology initiative. Instead of starting from scratch, education
leaders can draw on the expertise of others when preparing to become technology-
are some of the lessons learned?
The number of schools and districts moving to 1:1 is accelerating,
and the there are many lessons we can learn from the pioneers. For example,
district leaders in LAUSD learned that spending too much time and too many
resources on deployment took focus away from teacher professional development.
Technology is only effective as a learning tool when educators have the skills
to use it in an instructionally sound and pedagogically effective
Principal Michelle Ostot from Copper Ridge School in Arizona led her
school's successful transition to 1:1. She advises requiring all students to
take a digital citizenship course before they are issued a device or are allowed
to bring their own devices to school. Strong policies and parental involvement
work hand-in-hand with this course to ensure students know their rights and
responsibilities when using these devices in
1:1 and BYOD are game changers, giving students access to digital
tools throughout the day, across all subject areas. This paradigm shift
challenges teachers to rethink and redesign learning activities to capitalize on
their schools' investment in technology. Lead & Transform supports school
and district leaders in cultivating the Essential Conditions to ensure planning
is sound and effective, implementation is robust, and teachers and students are
able to fully leverage technology for learning.
Carolyn Sykora is ISTE's senior director of standards. Learn more about how
Lead & Transform can help you plan a school- or
systemwide technology with her webinar, "Rethink
Learning with the ISTE Lead & Transform Movement."