Today's educational landscape provides ample opportunity to substantially enhance learning via one to one student technology. Unfortunately, most educators have seen large-scale initiatives like these enter districts with much fanfare, only to lose momentum and fizzle without making much of an impact.
As the Learning Through Technology Director for the Hilton Central School District in upstate NY, I have firsthand experience leading a personal student technology initiative. We are in our fifth year of a 1:1 rollout that will eventually reach over 3,000 students. You can read more about our program on our initiative webpage.
Getting started: What does it really take to get a 1:1 initiative off the ground?
Regardless of device, school districts that are considering implementing a one to one initiative need to carefully consider a number of circumstances in order to maximize the opportunity for a meaningful impact on student learning. Each of the topics below should be decided through systematic analysis.
- Which device?
- Asset protection
- Asset management
- Instructional integration
- Professional development