1:1 Essentials for Success
At Eduro Learning, we are fortunate to work with schools all around the world that are either moving towards a 1:1 program (where each student has a laptop) or already established 1:1 schools. In our work with these different schools, we’ve identified several key elements to a successful 1:1 program that can be implemented in any school setting, and we’re sharing them with you here! You can use these key elements as a guideline if you’re working towards 1:1 now, or as an evaluation framework in established 1:1 schools.
When implementing a 1:1 program, It’s easy to get caught up in the technology side of it – the hardware, software and infrastructure are generally the biggest part of the budget and figuring out how to manage all of those new pieces of the puzzle can seem like the biggest hurdle before you actually get started. However, in every school with a successful 1:1 program, the most important element to their success is not the hardware, but the development of the vision, and flowing from that, the clear communication of the vision, leading to the buy-in from all stakeholders.
As educators, we know that everything we do is about learning, and your 1:1 program should be no different. Before you even begin to consider the hardware, software and network infrastructure required, you need to know where you want to go, and then you can allocate funds appropriately. As Simon Sinek describes so clearly in his TED Talk (and related book), “Start with the Why”, all stakeholders involved need to understand the purpose behind the program so that it doesn’t become about the device, but rather, about the learning – that’s what we’re here for, that’s what brings us together.
When we envision what a classroom and the school as a whole looks like with integrated technology, we get the greatest success in implementation. Bringing in all sorts of new and exciting technology is great, but if the teachers at your school are unsure of how to use it, or how they will incorporate the technology into their instruction, it’s a waste of resources. Taking into account what types of technology will be best used in the classroom and what the stakeholders would like to see in the classroom will help you build the vision for your school.