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1:1 Implementation Tips

1_1-Implementation-Tips-315One-to-One computing, though full of promise, comes with a myriad of challenges. For instance, compatibility issues with some programs may derail the implementation process. Finding the right balance between Chromebook instruction and teacher-led sessions is not easy. Then, you also have to take into account the inevitable attempt to access inappropriate content. Put together; these issues can make 1:1 implementation a significant headache.

Fortunately, there is a way around most of these hurdles. Here are 11 tips to help you successfully implement the program with minimal trouble.

1. Organize classroom furniture strategically

The furniture should be arranged so that you (the teacher) can monitor student devices to make sure the students staying on task. In addition to improving focus, this can go a long way in preventing access to inappropriate content.

2. Provide digital copies of all material used in the classroom

This gives students an opportunity to reference the material at home and during discussions. In addition, the content can be organized and stored on Google Classroom.

3. Create an individualized playlist for each student

The playlist (or digital agenda) should contain the activities that the student is required to accomplish over a specified period. The list can include websites to visit, videos to watch, content to read, and so forth.

4. Ask students to create story arcs

Story arcs help students organize their ideas and remain on track in pursuit of their goals. Arcs can be created with Google Draw. To make the arcs more fun students should be allowed to add to their arcs visual representations from their learning sessions.

5. Incorporate video content to engage students

Interactive content from TED Talks, animated videos from Brain Pop, and educational material from Khan Academy would be a good start. These resources, alongside your own teaching videos, can be uploaded to Google Classroom to reinforce ideas at home.

6. Encourage note-taking to hone strategies and routines

To get students in the habit of reading on their own and strategizing it’s essential to teach them how to take notes. Use Google Docs to help them create note-taking tools and sharpen their note-taking skills at the same time.

7. Showcase student work around the classroom

Students generally feel more motivated when the teacher and other students take notice of their work and appreciate their effort. Pinning their creations around the classroom inspire them to work even harder.

8. Use subject-specific apps to encourage learning

There are many apps you can use to spice up your lessons. PhET Interactive Simulations, for instance, allows students to perform science experiments on their laptops without the need for equipment. Near Pod is another app to consider. Therefore, it makes it easy for teachers to create new learning adventures for grades K-12.

9. Encourage group projects and general collaboration

Allow students to work on group projects to encourage idea sharing and instill social responsibility. Collaboration also improves learners’ communication skills.

10. Collaborate on subjects with your students

Aside from encouraging your students to collaborate among themselves, you can join in the fun. Chromebooks fully support teacher-student collaboration. Login and provide useful feedback to individuals and groups at any time, from any location!

11. Give them a real audience

After students have completed working on their projects, ask them to present their work in front of the class. This will not only increase competition among the students but is an excellent way to boost self-confidence in learners. If there’s not enough time for everyone to present to the whole class, ask students to break into small groups and present.

And Finally

Many schools have found great success in using formative assessment games such as Kahoot to collect data which can later be used to gauge how well students understand learning material. Divide the class into groups, ask each group to create quizzes on Kahoot, and review how each member of the group performs.

One to One Laptop Programs: Are They Successful?

One to One Laptop Programs: Are They Successful?

Are one-to-one programs really effective? As the United States lags behind in test scores and student achievement is being constantly called into question, one-to-one technology holds the promise of:

  • Learning tailored to students

    One-to-one programs allow students to move at their own pace. If the student needs extra time to understand a concept, they aren’t left behind as the class moves forward. One-to-one also offers students more freedom in the way they learn and interact with their learning environment.

  • Tools for teachers to monitor their students’ progress

    In a one-to-one environment, teachers are able to review the growth of individual students. By tracking an individual’s progress, teachers could develop personalized strategies to reach students.

Even with the promise of improving education, some critics have raised concern about some issues schools have run into with one-to-one technology:

  • Training Costs and Incomplete Training
  • Resources Going Towards Professional Development
  • Initial Starting Expenses
  • Worries About Cost-Efficiency
  • Insufficient Infrastructure

In the face of these challenges, some have questioned whether or not one-to-one technology is even worth it. While cost and time are factors, one-to-one programs still have a lot to offer classrooms.

Let’s take a look at the impact one-to-one technology has had in real classrooms. In 2016, a study was released that set out to ask (and answer) the question if laptops in the classroom had a positive effect. Here are their findings:

In schools that implemented a one-to-one program:

  • There was more emphasis on project-based learning
  • Student achievement rose in Science, English, and Math
  • Students began to use laptops in all stages of the writing process
  • Student-Teacher communication and parental involvement rose

One-to-One Technology is Worth It

Yes, some classrooms that have implemented one-to-one technology in the past have run into issues. But schools are quickly learning from the mistakes made by other school districts and are pushing the merits of digital learning into their classrooms. And, more importantly, one-to-one technology has begun to transform classrooms.

When we look beyond standardized test scores, we see an even greater value of one-to-one laptop programs. When implemented to its fullest potential, laptops function in the classroom as a superior way to take a test. With one-to-one programs, schools can:

  • Start employing web tools for improved communication and collaboration
  • Build new curriculum geared towards new technology
  • Push the importance of digital citizenship to students
  • Produce more opportunities for teamwork and classroom interaction
  • Add more focus towards projects in student learning
  • Create individualized learning environments for students
  • Help students develop 21st-century skills that will serve them later in life
  • Encourage technology use and competence in students

By putting a laptop or mobile device in the hands of each student, districts are opening classrooms to a new world of opportunity.

Teachers could create an environment in which students can rise to their potential. Students could experience individualized learning that motivates and encourages them. One-to-one technology is a step into 21st-century learning.