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Increase Student Scores with One to One Technology

Increase Student Scores with One to One TechnologyOne-to-one technology in schools is increasing fast. With country-wide initiatives to put mobile technology in the hands of every child, technology seems to be quickly infiltrating the world of education. The promise of one-to-one technology has driven schools to incorporate iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, and the like into classroom instruction. Student test scores are improving with the presence of technology.

1:1 Technology Improves Student Scores

The potential consequences of low scores are far reaching Childhood poverty has a negative impact on student test scores. School districts are searching for ways to improve test scores and get students interested in their own education.

A report by John Hopkins University reviewed the findings of several reports that examined (by analyzing student engagement, test scores, and achievement) the benefits of technology in the classroom.

Writing scores improved significantly

The data from 5 years of 8th grade writing scores from the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) found that scores showed a noticeable improvement with the adoption of laptops in the classroom.

Surveys conducted in the way students used their laptops questioned if they were used during each step of the writing process (drafts and final copies).

The resulting test scores were improved by .32 standard deviations (with .20 being considered a significant improvement). A considerable difference was shown from before laptops were in the classroom. Even more important was the improvement among users who used laptops for drafts and final copies. Those scores were found to double in effect size.

Math scores improved

In another analysis of the MEA, laptops were found to benefit students from 9 different schools in math, science, and social studies scores. Those students scored higher than students not using laptops. A third study discovered that in addition to improving math scores, students exhibited higher-level skill in locating and evaluating information.

Social skills improved and disciplinary actions were reduced

The Texas Technology Immersion Project (TIP), a high-need project, involved thousands of students in 23 school districts in a one-to-one laptop program. A study conducted the last year of the program had 3 major findings:

  • Technology immersion increased both laptop use and peer engagement.
  • The gap in student achievement between advantaged and disadvantaged students was reduced for students in the program.
  • Technology immersion reduced disciplinary action.

Learning opportunities increased

In 2016, Zheng, Warschauer, Lin, and Chang conducted a review of 96 studies on one-10-one technology. They found a similar positive impact on student scores. During their review, the researchers came to following conclusions:

  • Laptops fostered individualized learning.
  • Laptops facilitated technology-based activities in the classroom.
  • Opportunities for project-based learning increased.
  • Test scores improved in the following areas:
    • Math (by an effect size of .17)
    • Science (by an effect size of .25)
    • Writing (by an effect size of .20)
    • English (by an effect size of .15)
    • Reading (by an effect size of .12)

One-to-one technology is transforming the way teachers instruct and how students learn. Although results vary from district-to-district, mobile technology is increasingly beneficial to student test scores and achievement.

While standardized testing is only one measure of student achievement, one-to-one technology is showing a positive impact on the way students learn in the 21st-century classroom.

The key is how a school can effectively manage the devices and coordination of deployment, training, repair, and tracking that is necessary for this big inventory investments. That’s where Positive 1to1 comes in!  Learn more here.

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.



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

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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.

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How to Collect 2000 1to1 Student Devices in 70 Minutes

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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.


  • 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.