Why go 1:1?

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Why go 1:1?

As I'm answering this question for my own district and preparing for the upcoming summer conferences I thought it would be neat to collect some responses from my wonderful PLN! 

How do you respond when asked, why do/should schools go 1:1?

There are two ways you can respond to this question:
  • Leave a comment in the comment section and/or reply to a comment.
  • Make a 30 to 60 second video response and put it in my dropbox. 
Once I've collected some responses and some video clips, I'll put them together in a presentation format and then share it on my website. 

Thanks for your help! I truly believe that there are people (teachers, principal, parents, and students) who would struggle to adequately answer that question. 

All of this 1:1 talk made me think of this great photo prompt from John Spencer.



  1. Putting a device in each teacher's and student's hand has made the teachers in our district strive to improve their instruction. It has given us a chance to improve best practices across the board in reading, math, science, social studies and all other subjects. The teacher has become a facilitator in most classrooms. When the children are given meaningful projects they are truly engaged.

  2. It gives students and teachers immediate access to current information. We no longer have to say "I'll find the answer to your question and get back with you tomorrow." A "take-home" 1:1 allows learning to go beyond the boundaries of the normal school day. Our 1:1 motto was "Learning Without Boundaries". Students are motivated and engaged by technology. Technology gives each student a voice and a way to communicate with the teacher without embarrassment. Reduces class down-time. Incorporates into school the technology that the students use outside of school on a daily basis. We no-longer are having then turn-off and disconnect when they come to school. Reduces the amount of paper usage. Reduces classroom discipline issues. On-line interactive content allows students to have experiences that could never be done with paper, book, and pencil. Increases the technology skills that students will need in their educational career and workplace. I could go on and on.

  3. Obviously, it is difficulty for me to write about 1:1 without thinking in terms of BYOT, but here goes...

    The context of our learners is a world that has constant connection, ubiquitous data, and little filter. The need then is to develop in students the skills, habits of mind, and knowledge necessary to operate in a world that does not have traditional barriers (good and bad) to data. Practice in developing learning networks, avoiding silo thinking, coping with screen distraction, etc. are all skills for the new age that are difficult to develop w/o access, practice, and feedback.

    Classrooms (and learning in general) is about offering experiences that can be reflected upon, merged with prior knowledge, and forged into long-lasting new ideas/thoughts/directions. There is a fundamental shift in the ability to offer experiences and reflection when there is a device in every hand. Whether it is the breaking news that no-longer has to be printed to be digested and shared, the collaboration in real time of a presentation being created simultaneously at 4 different houses, or the back and forth between teacher and student over an arcane passage that finally lit a spark...These moments are facilitated by 1:1.