1-to-1 Initiative Overview



What is a 1-to-1 Initiative? (1)

  • One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
  • 24/7 Access
  • Educators, Planning, Commitment (EPC)
  • Getting to the thinking faster!

What are the benefits of 1-to-1 for students? (1)

  • 1-to-1 helps students to improve their technology and information processing skills.
  • 1-to-1 provides crucial support for constructivist learning and motivates students to become self-directed learners.
  • 1-to-1 helps students stay organized and on track with their work.

What are the benefits of 1-to-1 for teachers? (1)

  • 1-to-1 can help teachers become more adept and confident in using educational technology.
  • 1-to-1 can provide teachers with ready access to a whole world of curricular resources.
  • 1-to-1 can help teachers communicate more frequently and effectively with students, parents, and colleagues.

What are the benefits of 1-to-1 for the school? (1)

  • 1-to-1 can improve both student attendance and student enrollment.
  • 1-to-1 can improve student performance in all curricular areas.
  • 1-to-1 improves the home-school connection.

What are the challenges? (1)

  • Planning and Commitment
  • Instructional Changes
  • Technical and Logistical Support
  • Network Stability and Bandwidth
  • Damage, Loss, and Theft
  • Resistance to Change

Existing 1:1 Initiatives (1)

  • The Peck School, New Jersey
  • The Urban School, San Francisco
  • Whitfield School, St. Louis
  • The Denver School of Science & Technology
  • Henrico County, VA
  • The States of Main and Michigan
  • The OLPC (The $100 Laptop)

The Planning Process (2)

  • Curriculum
  • Professional Development
  • Infrastructure, Hardware, Software, and Technical Support
  • Funding and Budget
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

Professional Development


Implementation and Logistics (1)

  • Firewalls, virus protection, & security
  • Email, proxy servers, & filters
  • Passwords & privacy issues
  • Network storage & backup
  • File Sharing and IM?
  • Updates, Support, & Maintenance
  • Cases, Storage, Warranties, & Insurance
  • Equipment checkout, care, and use

Learning Theory and 1-to-1 (1)

  • Learner-Centered
  • Knowledge-Centered
  • Assessment-Centered
  • Community-Centered

Classroom Management (1)

  • Just-in-time technical support
  • Room setup
  • Filtering and logging internet use
  • Software solutions
  • Brining wandering sheep back to the fold
  • Speak Less, Facilitate More
  • Policies and Training Students
  • The Best Defense…

Questions and Answers


(1) Source: Livingston, P. (2006). 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work. Washington, DC: International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).
(2) Source: Source: California Department of Education (2001). Educational Technology Planning: A Guide For School Districts (1 MB PDF)