(Even More) Tips for Going 1:1 or BYO

This annotated collection of resources – revised since it originally appeared in 2013 – mines the K-12 Blueprint archives for advice on launching and sustaining one-to-one or BYO in your school or district.

As a perusal of the success stories at this site will show, enthusiasm on the part of students, teachers and administrators in 1:1 and BYO districts remains higher than ever. What can we learn from these pioneers about the keys to a successful implementation?

The blogs, articles and other resources outlined below answer this crucial question in a number of ways and from many different perspectives but you will find a surprising amount of consensus about two basic rules of thumb:

1. Lay the Groundwork: Visiting existing one-to-one districts, studying the research, engaging in an extensive planning and visioning process, polling and educating the community, carefully selecting devices, and building a robust infrastructure are all approaches that have helped schools and districts prepare for a successful rollout.

2. Remain Flexible: Glitches and setbacks are inevitable in any ambitious initiative but the programs that are able to survive and grow are the ones that are designed with ongoing evaluation built into the process and leaders who are ready and able to change course when things don’t go as planned.

For a closer look at some Do’s and Don’ts from 1:1 and BYO trailblazers, check out the following:


Leslie Wilson draws on her experience with the One-to-One Institute and Project RED to explore relevant issues including:

Elliott Levine’s advice for one-to-one leaders can be found in posts such as:

Bob Moore takes on a number of controversial issues related to 1:1, BYO and ambitious ed tech initiatives. Examples include:

Educators from Baltimore County’s Halstead Academy blog about their one-to-one successes. For example:

Donna Teuber shares her expertise based on a one-to-one implementation with Chromebooks. Relevant examples include:

  • Getting to ScaleHow do schools scale excellence and innovation so that it reaches more students across the district?
  • Removing RoadblocksFor true innovation to take place, leaders need to build a culture of support for teachers. View tips for bringing the right culture into being.

Marianthe Williams has years of experience with 1:1 in Riverdell, NJ. She shares advice in blog posts such as:

  • Moving Ahead with One to One - 10 Years Later!Expanding an existing one to one program meant getting real-time feedback from those who were using the devices daily - Students and Teachers. Read Marianthe Williams' summary of the benefits of listening to student and teacher voice in making one to one decisions. 


BYOD + District-Provided Devices = A Winning Solution in Wake County, NCAllowing students to use their own devices in schools -- along with enough Lenovo Thinkpad laptops for a 3:1 ratio -- provides more ways to collaborate, create, communicate and think critically.

The Keys to One-to-One Success in East Noble, IndianaFive years into a successful initiative, this Project RED Signature District serves as a positive example to others.

Lessons Learned from a Decade of One-to-OneNext-generation Windows devices, wireless display, and Microsoft apps are some of the new tools that are helping New Jersey’s River Dell Regional School District get better at what they were already excelling at: empowering and inspiring learners.

Preparing 21st Century Thinkers with Fujitsu 2-in-1 Ultrabooks [Partner Success Story]: Read about how the Fujitsu Lifebook T935 Convertible Tablet PC Ultrabook is empowering teachers and students at St. Thomas More Catholic High School to transform the educational environment.

Producing Next-Generation Learners in Grapevine, TexasWith an investment in Windows 10 laptops for middle school students and tools such as Minecraft ​EDU, Grapevine-Colleyille ISD is creating a robust and and educational 1:1 environment.

1:1 in Lynnwood, WA, Improves Collaboration, Engagement, and EquityEdmonds School District has built quickly from two small pilots to a full 1:1 program using Intel-based Chromebooks in grades 3-12. Learn why they’re happy they did.

Personalized Blended Learning Plays a Starring Role at Pasadena ISDFrom small pilots to a complete 1:1 implementation, in grades 7-12, involving Windows devices and a dramatically transformed curriculum, this Texas district is seeing great results.

Dell Chromebooks and Classrooms: A Winning CombinationSee for yourself how today’s teachers are using Intel-based Chromebooks to bring 21st Century learning to their students.

Personalizing Learning in Oakland, CA, with Help From ChromebooksChanging how students learn and teachers teach has been the impetus for bringing Intel-powered Chromebooks to the Oakland Unified School District.

A Focus on Equity, Students, and Teacher Champions Leads to 1:1 Success in Oak GroveIn just two years, José L. Manzo, superintendent of California’s Oak Grove School District has led a dramatic transition from traditional classroom teaching to student-centered learning supported by Acer Chromebooks.

District-wide Collaboration Moves Everyone Forward in Wheeling, IllinoisInclusionary practice, authentic learning and one-to-one with Lenovo and Acer Chromebooks all characterize CCSD21's programs.

The Evolution of 1:1 in Three Maine Districts15 years later, the statewide MLTI program, the first of its kind in the nation, is still going strong, although with a broader range of choices – including Windows and Chrome-based hardware. 

Creating 21st-Century Classrooms in a Large Texas DistrictCareful planning, pilot programs, parental involvement, faculty collaboration, and student leadership are all key to the success of Leander ISD’s mobile learning initiative.

Going Big (Texas Style) with One-to-One LaptopsHouston ISD is about to enter the third phase of its phenomenally successful 1:1 PowerUp initiative, which allows teachers in all 282 district schools to create a rich learning environment filled with project-based learning, 21st-century skills development, and coursework aligned to individual aptitudes and interests. 

Redefining Learning in Maine Township, IllinoisTeacher-led professional development, a student “genius desk,” a 1:1 initiative featuring Dell Chromebooks, and oodles of collaboration all characterize High School District 207’s transformative approach.

Math is One of Many Stars at Walter Payton PrepMath teams and contests, exciting electives, collaborative problem solving, and a culture of experimentation and exploration make this Chicago Magnet School a very special place.

Small Pilots Lead to a Successful 1:1 Program in Hillsborough, NJFour years ago, when the Hillsborough Township Public Schools started discussing 1:1, they were determined to take a careful and thorough approach to hardware planning. Their decision to adopt Chromebooks and Android tablets grew out of three years of pilots involving a variety of devices.

Miami-Dade Focuses on Equity in its 1:1 InitiativeWhen you’re planning a 1:1 initiative for a district the size of Miami-Dade Public Schools – the nation’s fourth-largest district – it’s crucial to have the infrastructure and a PD plan in place, along with a vision and support at every level.

Narrowing the Divide and Nurturing Tech Experts in Sterling Morton Schools96 percent of students at the Chicago-area Morton 201 High School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunch but that didn’t stop the district leadership from finding ways to get Dell laptops into students’ hands for one-to-one use

1Two1in Richland County School District TwoThoughtful planning and organization, a focus on equity, and choosing the right device were keys to a successful 1:1 for this South Carolina district.

Goodbye, Textbooks; Hello, TechVail School District in Arizona embraces the digital life with its Beyond Textbooks initiative, nearing the end of its first decade.

Teamwork Takes This Texas District’s 1:1 Program to the Next LevelIt’s been several years since we first profiled Klein ISD’s one-to-one program. In this update we look at what’s happened over eight years in this pioneering district.

A Shared Vision Yields Results in Huntsville, AlabamaA one-to-one program in grades 3-12, involving Intel-based laptops and partnerships with industry and the community, helps narrow the digital divide.

The Proof is in the Concept at Orange County Public SchoolsFlorida’s Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) is the 10th largest school district in the country. So before instituting a sweeping 1:1 initiative across the district, OCPS conducted a Proof of Concept to test the waters. 

Planning and Rebuilding with Help from HP Chromebooks: In the wake of a devastating hurricane, Brick Township Public School District, in Ocean County, NJ, has built a thriving program where student learning comes first.

A 1:1 Inquiry-Based High School Shares Its VisionThanks to a new partnership with Dell, Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy has rolled out Chromebooks to all of its students and teachers as a tool to allow inquiry-driven, project-based learning to happen, and serve as a model for other schools in the country. 

1:1 Laptops Set the Stage for District-Wide InnovationA look at how Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) in Virginia has built high school 1:1 program with Dell laptops.

Going 1:1 with Chromebooks in North CarolinaGoogle Apps for Education and other cloud-based resources are crucial to learning in North Carolina’s Union County Public Schools, so it’s not surprising that the district chose to place rugged Lenovo Chromebooks in the hands of all students in grades 6-12

Community Support and Personalized Learning in Clear Creek ISDClear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) in Texas began its 1:1 initiative in a thoughtful and careful manner, by involving community members in the planning process, investing heavily in professional learning, and gradually phasing in devices across the district.


eBook:  Less Waiting, More Learning with Intel-Based ChromebooksThis 2015 eBook profiles several districts that have achieved great results by moving towards 1:1 implementations Chromebooks.

Going Toe-to-Toe for One-to-OneAn interview with Stan Silverman of the New York Institute of Technology about professional development, “buy in” and the other keys to success

Top Tips 

The BYOD Toolkit :This very popular toolkit offers a variety of downloadable resources to help with BYOD implementations including: a teacher readiness checklist, a planning and implementation framework, and a summary of challenges and solutions.

One-to-One Computing: Making the Right Choice for Your School: Part of K-12 Blueprint’s Policy and Leadership toolkit , this article addresses questions and issues to consider involving professional development, implementation timelines, legal compliance, and parent and community involvement.

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