1-to-1, meaning every student has the same software and hardware to use every day, would have a transformative impact on teaching and learning. Currently, we provide our students with a Google account for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, collaboration tools, school email, calendar,and storage space. Students can use these resources when their teacher is able to schedule a computer lab and/or carts. At the high school, this happens, on average, once every four class sessions. At the middle school, this happens once every eight class sessions. With one-to-one, we would be able to use these digital tools in every course, anytime and anywhere. These are some examples of the benefits.
WRITING - Writing is one of our most important goals as a district; having every student have the same device would give us an exponential boost in productivity and effectiveness in the teaching of writing. With the one-to-one, students could research, outline, draft, get feedback, revise, edit, format, and hand in their work through their device.
ORGANIZATION - With every student on the same platform, students’ schedules, assignments, homework, documents, and projects would be organized in the same place and in the same format. This would be much like we do in our jobs and our lives as adults.
COLLABORATION - One-to-one would improve the work of collaborative teams during class. For example, students could create a multimedia presentation and edit it as a team while the teacher could check in on the work and track who worked on which parts.
COMMON FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS - Common formative assessments are quick quizzes used by teachers to gage understanding in a class. With one-to-one, teachers could use a common digital form to collect and analyze the results. Teachers would save instructional time by avoiding handing out and recollecting paper and by avoiding hand scoring and tallying results.
FLIPPED CLASSROOM - The flipped classroom moves the more passive instruction (such as lecture, explanation, and review) to homework though video clips and the more active work (such as problem solving, group work, and revision) to the classroom. With one-to-one, a teacher would be assured all students can access the same material at home and in class.With one-to-one when all students are using the same hardware and software, teachers can spend instructional time teaching, not troubleshooting technology glitches.