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Benefits of One to One Technology in the Classroom

Benefits of One to One Technology in the Classroom

Technology has influenced all aspects of our lives. Because of mobile devices, the way we communicate with each other changed, whether it’s social or professional interaction – and in some cases, even educational. Schools are now embracing one-to-one technology in the classroom like never before.

What is one-to-one technology?

When academic institutions issue computer or tablet devices to each student for the purpose of accessing course materials and textbooks in digital format, as well as the internet for educational purposes, they’re implementing one-to-one (1:1) technology. This practice is growing in popularity from kindergartens to universities.

One-to-one technology isn’t exactly new. Students already used desktop computers at school on a 1:1 ratio. But that wasn’t for every class – it was usually just for computer classes. Students still read printed textbooks, took notes by hand, and followed lectures on chalkboards.

However, the increase of portable devices combined with cloud computing has made it possible to do away with desktops. Now, students can use a laptop or tablet as a handy replacement. Teachers can do the same.

What are the benefits of one to one technology?

Aside from convenience for both students and teachers, 1-to-1 technology in the classroom offers other benefits:

Readies students for the future

Technology is moving forward fast, so students should learn how to use it properly at an early age if they want an edge. Academic institutions can instill that value by letting students see devices as tools for education, and not just for entertainment and leisure.

Connects with the youth

Generation Z are digital natives, so they’re comfortable using technology. They’re adept at using notebook computers, tablets, and smartphones. They adjust quickly to a gadget-friendly learning environment because they’re already familiar with it.

Sustains attention

Even students sitting at the back of the room get immersed in a lesson when they look at a screen just a few inches away, instead of the front of the classroom. Some apps can synchronize and lock screens during discussions to ensure students are all on the same page.

Lowers expenses

E-books are cheaper than printed books, so students save on textbooks with the digital version. Of course, one can argue that electronic devices are expensive. However, that’s only the initial cost. Once purchased, these devices can be used again and again for a couple of years or so. And with the wide selection of devices in the market today, academic institutions can invest in more affordable – but no less functional – units.

Offers more learning opportunities

Electronic devices facilitate classrooms without borders. Students no longer have to be cooped up in a four-walled physical room; they can learn whenever and wherever they are. This makes it easier for them to catch up on lessons they missed, and study at their own pace.

Supplements traditional classroom learning

In spite of the flexibility and mobility one-to-one technology offers, it’s not meant to phase out the age-old classroom setup. There’s still something to be said about face-to-face interaction. What one to one technology will make visual aids and other learning materials more accessible than ever before.

Develops initiative

When information is right at their fingertips, students will explore beyond the course. This encourages studying for the sake of discovering something new, and not receiving a high grade.

Is one-to-one technology right for you? It can be as long as it’s administered properly. Like all initiatives, it can fail or succeed depending on the leadership that oversees its implementation.
That’s where we come in. Positive 1to1 is a complete solution for 1:1 device management that has a system ready to help a school manage all the processes, communication, and training needed to efficiently manage the system.

Contact us today to explore this more or view our overview webinar video replay here.

Discover 1:1 Cost Effective Device Management Services in this Positive 1to1 Webinar

 1:1 Webinar Event – Video Replay Now Available

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What if there is a better way to manage 1:1 devices cost effectively for your school?

What if there was a system to help your staff manage the devices efficiently, your students to learn more and be certified in technology, and your school to be reimbursed for using student technicians to help run the 1:1 program?

There is a way with Positive 1to1!

Learn about the Positive 1to1 system that focuses on 3 key areas:

  • Device Management
  • Student Training
  • Corporate Communication

More than software, Positive 1to1 is a software with program support to enable you to economically do all of the above.  Our solution actually reduces school system costs through state reimbursements while improving the efficiency of the device management and repair onsite.

Event was Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 12:30-1:30 p.m EST

In this one hour, recorded webinar we will cover the various aspects and opportunities of our new Positive 1to1 solution that was birthed out of work in a school system and is now ready for beta for multiple schools.

Join us to discover how the new Positive 1to1 system can help your school manage 1:1 devices, improve school/student/parent communication, and helps train students in technology repair. More than just software, learn how Positive 1to1 helps schools increase technology offerings, lower costs through student technicians and more.

45 minute presentation with 15 minute Q & A at the end.

Video Replay Available!

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How to Collect 2000 1to1 Student Devices in 70 Minutes

Collect 2,000 1to1 student devices in less than 70 minutes…No problem!

1to1 Student Devices

Collected and Secured!

“Never Before Have We Had So Little Time In Which To Do So Much” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Never before have I compared myself to Franklin D. Roosevelt, nor would I consider the end of the school year meeting with my school administration comparable to the famous “Fireside Chats” designed to comfort and renew the confidence of millions.  However, I can relate to the words and the pressure to do my job and do it right for the betterment of others.  

As my administration asked me the question that had become so important in the month of May since 2011 at our school building… “How much time do you need to collect the laptops from all the students?”  

Pressure… so much pressure, but to be honest with you at this point in time it was a game to me.  As I thought to myself, “how much time do I need to collect? How fast and efficiently can we complete it while keeping track of all the details?  Don’t forget the IB students that will be keeping theirs over the summer and of course the list of summer school students that will need a device in less than a week after you collect them!

Here are 5 tips to consider when planning your 1to1 Student Devices end of year collection!

1. Gather the Facts!

Take a deep breath and start with gathering all the facts.  What are the dates you need to collect?  What is your deadline?  How many devices do you need to collect?  What is the final exam schedule for the students?  What staff members do you have available to help?  Do we need to pre-check in?  Do seniors have graduation practice?  Will the devices be locked up and safe by the end of the day and what is the best location for that?  Will we use rooms that cause teachers to change their Final Exam to another room?  This and many more details and questions will arise in the weeks to come.  The first step is to gather all the facts and write them down.  My engineering professor at Ball State University always told me “You can’t solve a problem that you don’t understand!”  In order to understand a the situation you need as many facts as possible.

2. Surround yourself with the right people!

Many of the questions above can lead you to the people who will help with the success of end of year collection.  You might surround yourself with a cafeteria manager in order to communicate for extra boxes to help store device chargers over the summer.  Possibly, it is a meeting with your custodial staff to assure the required space and resources needed for collection; such as tables, chairs, and power cables.  The need for proper space might be the issue at hand which leads to a discussion with administration and a teacher to switch rooms for that time period of time.  These people that you surround yourself with matter as they generate opinions, cus and discuss with you, just be sure to celebrate with them also.  

3. Have Meetings Early!

Let me walk through this with you as you have read above, there is potential for many meetings.  This one is actually quite simple as I will refer to a school year starting in August and ending in June.  When preparing for your 1:1 student device distribution you should have meetings in April – May with finalizing details by the end of May.  Work with administration on your testing schedules and be sure to include your technicians for the software needs for testing.  These meetings should happen in early August or within the first week of school if possible as we all know that testing doesn’t wait for us; we sprint after testing (a discussion for another time).  End of year collection is a key as it not only has to happen in such a pressured time (final exams), but it also sets up how your summer repairs and preparation will go.  Therefore, your meetings for collection should begin before Christmas and finalize before spring break.

The last note here is that you should take charge of the meetings if at all possible and have an outline of what needs to be covered so that the meetings are not wasting time.  In and out, and to the point.

Summarize:

  • Plan the distribution before the end of the school year!
  • Plan the testing needs at the very beginning of the school year!
  • Plan the collection before Christmas Break if at all possible!
  • Finalize your collection and summer preparation by Spring Break!
  • Begin to plan the distribution and summer mailings!

4. Final the Final!

Every school corporation will have a different “Final Exam” for their students.  Many school districts will focus on “rigor” preparing students for the next level by determining if the they have mastered the materials covered through a traditional end of course exam.  Other school districts will create an end of course assessment that maintains conditions that facilitate high levels of student performance throughout the year preparing them for the next level with a variety of assessment processes.  Today’s 21st century school has many pedagogies to drive it’s end of course assessments:

  • Open-Ended Instruction
  • Integrated Learning
  • Inquiry Learning
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Experiential Learning
  • Co-operative Learning
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Etc.

No matter the choice for an assessment, there will be a schedule that will need to be worked with in order to accomplish your collection goals.  Push to finalize that schedule before spring break so you know exactly what time frame you have to work with when designing your student device collection plan. Once you have administrative approval, it is time to create your plan.

5. Make 10% Changes!

Just as a football coach prepares his team for a Friday night win, it is game time.  

Stick to your game plan with minor adjustments to finish the 1to1 student devices collection to the best of your ability.  When it is all said and done you should have all of your student devices locked and secured in the proper rooms and are ready for a celebration dinner.  Be sure to create time to reflect within 72 hours of the collection.  When reflecting, consider the positive and negatives of the entire process and make notes on ideas for changes to be made for the next time to improve it.  Maybe a change of location for collection, or a change in how to scan the machines.  No matter what changes you consider, try to stick with the motto of 10% change from year to year.  That way you are sharpening a good thing instead of drastically changing it all together.  Don’t throw out the playbook, just adjust to what you are given.  If the next year you are given more time, great!  If you are given more volunteer helpers, outstanding!  If you are given less time and less helpers, adjust!

When all said and done, a school district is going to be happy when all of their 1to1 student devices are accounted for and ready for repair and they didn’t have to slow down the educational process to do it.

For more information on helping your school district have a great 1to1 experience, contact our Positive 1to1 team to see how we can help.