Monday, July 1, 2013

Top Posts # 6 - Looking Back At Year One of 1:1 (With iPads) - Part One

As I look to unplug a bit during the first week of summer vacation, I am continuing to repost my top posts from last year. Below is #6 from last June.


As I reflect on our first year as a 1:1 school, I am overwhelmed by the insights that we gained after distributing over 1,000 mobile devices to our students in grades 9-12. As I look at the data from an end-of-the-year survey completed by students, I am reminded of an excerpt from Milton Chen's book Education Nation - Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools.  Chapter 3 of the book is titled The Technology Edge: Putting Modern Tools in Young Hands.

There is a great excerpt from the Abilene, Kansas High School Dialogue Buzz Website that sums up what we will do for students when we create a 1:1 environment for our students

Here's the excerpt:

Let’s have a little competition at school and get ready for the future. I will use a laptop and you will use paper and pencil. Are you ready…?
  • I will access up-to-date information - you have a textbook that is 5 years old. 
  • I will immediately know when I misspell a word – you have to wait until it’s graded. 
  • I will learn how to care for technology by using it – you will read about it. 
  • I will see math problems in 3D – you will do the odd problems. 
  • I will create artwork and poetry and share it with the world – you will share yours with the class. 
  • I will have 24/7 access – you have the entire class period. 
  • I will access the most dynamic information – yours will be printed and photocopied. 
  • I will communicate with leaders and experts using email – you will wait for Friday’s speaker. 
  • I will select my learning style – you will use the teacher’s favorite learning style. 
  • I will collaborate with my peers from around the world – you will collaborate with peers in your classroom. 
  • I will take my learning as far as I want – you must wait for the rest of the class.
 The cost of a laptop per year? - $250
The cost of teacher and student training? – Expensive
The cost of well educated US citizens and workforce? - Priceless

How important are the above bullets? By what criteria would you measure success in a 1:1 initiative?

I will be sharing the results of the student survey soon.


  1. Well done, well written! We are excited to be going 1:1 this school year!

  2. Look forward to it. I think I speak for a lot of folks in saying thank you for sharing this with so many of us. Being able to build upon your lessons learned is also priceless

  3. I'm glad that someone is doing something important and that people that really need help are getting it. Keep up the good work and I hope I will learn new things from you in the future.

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  4. Used some of this content in a presentation today with high school staff. We are working on buy in for a 1:1 computing program in our district. I tweaked some of the content for our situation in Michigan and had the staff read the bullet points. Went very well! Thanks!

  5. Hi Patrick!

    Thanks for these posts! I was in the Boston iPad summit last Nov. We're winding up our pilot year here with one batch on 1:1 tablets (not iPads). We'll be doing lots of fine-tuning for next year and your posts will be very helpful. Thanks again!

  6. You have me as your loyal reader. Keep writing great posts. I am looking forward to them. Thank you.
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