(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:
ADVICE FROM OUR BLOGGERS
Leslie Wilson draws on her experience with the One-to-One Institute and Project RED to explore relevant issues including:
- Key Implementation Factors for Edtech Success - Project Red: Preliminary results from Project RED’s Phase III research.
- 3 Types of Change Readiness: Insights for determining readiness for change.
- Essential Steps for Edtech Success: True success takes, time, perseverance and tenacity.
Elliott Levine’s advice for one-to-one leaders can be found in posts such as:
- Stop Arguing about Technology - Focus on Transforming Learning: Device decisions are important ones. However, the learning taking place must be the most important focus..
- Study Questions Efficacy of 1:1 vs. 2:1 Learning with Devices: What are current research studies saying about tablets and 1:1 initiatives?
- Reasons Why 94% of U.S. Superintendents are Making Technology Mistakes: When superintendents undertake 1:1 initiatives, they surely hope for the best results. However, many find themselves faced with failed initiatives.
Bob Moore takes on a number of controversial issues related to 1:1, BYO and ambitious ed tech initiatives. Examples include:
- Uncomfortable Questions for the Ed-Tech Community: How would you answer these uncomfortable questions about educational technology in your school or district.
- BYOD – Consider Your Options Carefully: BYOD programs come in a variety of forms. Discover which choices are the best fit for your school or district.
Educators from Baltimore County’s Halstead Academy blog about their one-to-one successes. For example:
- School Transformation from the Ground Up: Principal Jennifer Mullenax explains how leadership with a clear vision made a difference for students in the 1:1at Halstead Academy’s 1:1 program.
Donna Teuber shares her expertise based on a one-to-one implementation with Chromebooks. Relevant examples include:
- Getting to Scale: How do schools scale excellence and innovation so that it reaches more students across the district?
- Removing Roadblocks: For 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.
- Untethering Teachers - One District’s Search for the Next-Gen Device Part IV: Learn about Riverdell Regional School District helped to foster new learning opportunities by helping teachers to be untethered from the front of their classroom.
- One District’s Search for the Next-Gen Device - Part III: Part 3 in a Series: Planning for educational technology integration in schools involves a series of choices. Read about key choices for Riverdell School DIstrict's evaluation of network and productivity tools.
- One District’s Search for the Next-Gen Device Part II: Is your district or school planning for a Next-Gen device? Learn about the strategic considerations taken by Riverdell Regional School District.
- One District’s Search for the Next-Gen device: What are the critical considerations in choosing devices for one-to-one classroom? Hear about how one district explores essential questions when deciding next steps.
A CLOSER LOOK
BYOD + District-Provided Devices = A Winning Solution in Wake County, NC: Allowing 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, Indiana: Five 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-One: Next-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, Texas: With 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 Equity: Edmonds 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 ISD: From 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 Combination: See 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 Chromebooks: Changing 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 Grove: In 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, Illinois: Inclusionary 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 Districts: 15 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 District: Careful 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 Laptops: Houston 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, Illinois: Teacher-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 Prep: Math 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, NJ: Four 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 Initiative: When 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 Schools: 96 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 Two: Thoughtful 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, Tech: Vail 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 Level: It’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, Alabama: A 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 Schools: Florida’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 Vision: Thanks 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 Innovation: A 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 Carolina: Google 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 ISD: Clear 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.
OTHER RESOURCES THAT HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME
eBook: Less Waiting, More Learning with Intel-Based Chromebooks: This 2015 eBook profiles several districts that have achieved great results by moving towards 1:1 implementations Chromebooks.
Going Toe-to-Toe for One-to-One: An interview with Stan Silverman of the New York Institute of Technology about professional development, “buy in” and the other keys to success
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.