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How to Use 1 to 1 Technology in the Classroom

How to Use 1 to 1 Technology in the Classroom

Teaching and learning largely depend on the instruction. With technology, you still have to plan what and how your students will learn. But when you incorporate technology the learning is more successful. Due to its effectiveness, more schools are adopting a one-on-one teaching methodology. Here are some guidelines to devise an effective one-on-one classroom.

1. Take Sandbox Time

It is important that you give teachers time to experiment and play with the new technology introduced at the school. When they are familiar with the gadgets, it’s easier to use the gadgets. This also helps teachers incorporate the technology in the process of teaching and learning.

2. Make a Class Website

Students will log in to get the assignments, the day’s instructions, videos, notes and other instructional material from their teachers. It is the best communication tool as you can reach your students even while they are at home.

3. Shuffle your Room

Flexibility is the key component in a one-on-one classroom. Depending on the lesson at hand, students may be required to sit in small groups, independently or with you. A U-shaped seating arrangement will allow you to monitor many screens at once.

4. Create a blog

A blog will instill responsibility as students participate by posting on the blog and respond to questions. You may even make it competitive by rewarding the writers of the best blog posts.

5. Creation of Content

Encourage your students to be content creators rather than being mere content consumers. They should create notes, songs, articles or video demonstrations of topics they learn about in class.

6. Manage Content

Online classes are effective given the overwhelming content students acquire online. The internet offers a wide range of information, useful and harmful information. It is advisable for teachers to mind the safety of their learners by blocking their access to harmful content on the web.

7. Plan for the Interaction of Students

As with other teaching and learning methodologies, planning is important to one-on-one classrooms. Predict how your students will interact with the lesson. To make your lesson more efficient, consider keeping a spreadsheet to track how students react and interact it.

8. Don’t Use 1:1 When Not Appropriate

A one-on-one environment will not always rely on the electronic gadgets. Sometimes, your best lesson will be achieved without using technology. Your students shouldn’t be attached or rely entirely on their devices. They should understand the best time to use them.

9. Define the Device’s Role in your Class

There are some who argue that a one-on-one environment should entirely focus on the electronics. The electronic devices shouldn’t be the focal point of learning as they are just gadgets. They can’t take over your class or replace quality teaching. Devices should be used to make lesson delivery more exciting and effective.

10. Supplement your lessons

Before beginning a new topic, do a web search to get video clips, sound clips, photographs and other relevant material that will make your lesson effective and interesting.

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Failures to Avoid with 1to1 Technology Deployment

Failures to Avoid with 1to1 Technology Deployment
An iPad in every student’s hands sounds wonderful, right? Well, before you start drafting the press releases about your plan, consider if your district is truly ready for 1to1 deployment. Avoid failure, overload, disorganization and wasted resources by taking a look at the needs of your school district and plan your 1to1 deployment accordingly.

Are You Falling For Buzzwords and Ploys?

Just because a device has taken the consumer market by storm, it doesn’t mean it will be useful in the classroom. The hype around a device’s touchscreen capability may seep into discussions on boosting literacy and test scores. However, touchscreen tablets may not replace the traditional PC. Likewise, many schools are using devices like Chromebooks that are being used to enhance (but not define) classroom experience.

Is Everyone On Board?

Pretty much everyone wants to stop the U.S.’s downward decline when it comes to education. Currently, the U.S. has a few concerning statistics:

  • Ranked 17th in education compared to the rest of the globe
  • 25% of students in the U.S. don’t graduate from high school in 4 years
  • 30% of high school graduates lack the basic competencies to pass ASVAB

Clearly, there are problems in our education system. In the face of failed deployments and wasted funding, not everyone is going to respond positively to a 1:1 initiative. The school district (teachers and community members) needs to be united in the decisions they make when rolling out the program. A united front will help you if there are any potential problems in the future. Planning is key to success. Speak to the community about the deployment to gather feedback and keep everyone informed with a cohesive plan that is well thought through.

Consider the Technology in 5 Years

Technology changes rapidly. You could deploy thousands of iPads (or Chromebooks) in a single year, and they will be obsolete in time. If you’ve centered all your initiative goals on an iPad, you will inevitably run into some challenges down the road. How will the iPad fit into classroom instruction? What about in the next 5 years? Picking a device before evaluating needs can make teachers build the curriculum around the device rather than the other way around. Design program initiatives based on the benefits devices will bring and not the device itself.  Devices will need to be replaced and/or upgraded and you need to take this into consideration.

Look at the Costs

Instead of looking at brand names and instant recognition, look for devices that offer the capabilities you need at an affordable cost. When choosing a device, ask the following questions:

  • What ports are on the device?
  • How will the technology age?
  • What is the failure rate of the device?
  • What does it cost to maintain and repair?
  • How much is the maintenance software?
  • Does it offer a touchscreen?
  • Is there a warranty?  If so, what is it?
  • How will we handle repairs?

If these questions aren’t answered, you could be investing in incompatible technology. Consider your goals for classroom instruction and existing technology in the classroom and how the devices you’re  considering will integrate with them.

How are Other Organizations Doing?

Look at previous deployments in other school districts and learn from their successes and failures. There are many pilot programs across the country that have already implemented 1to1 programs. For example, Wisconsin’s Marathon Venture Academy had to spend thousands in iPad repairs for their program. New York’s Roslyn Public School District had success deploying iPads to each high school student. In that case, the tablets were used to improve student and teacher efficiency and provided seamless collaboration.

By knowing your district’s needs, past deployments in other districts and your chosen device’s capabilities your 1to1 deployment can avoid the more common failures of deployment and bring technology into the classroom in a meaningful and productive way.

 

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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.

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