The three short videos below were recorded in Denver at an ISTE session entitled “1-to-1 Laptop Program
Success Stories: Common Themes from
Diverse Implementations.” It was a panel discussion with three presenters with extensive 1:1 experience. Mike Muir, Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, and Sam Farsaii.
Mike Muir talks about some of his experiences with 1:1 programs.
We wish we could call it a “learning initiative” instead of a technology initiative.
What expectations do
teachers need to come with? How do you support teachers going into 1:1?
- Get rid of network Nazi’s who don’t have any business making curriculum decisions for teachers. (This comment received lots of applause!)
- Invest in staff development. That includes instructional and technical support.
- “Just in time training” available for teachers.
- Do not center professional development around software or hardware. The research is clear that teachers who are taught technology integrated with something else are more likely to use it that way with their students.
- Teacher prep programs need to forget doing a separate course and embed the training in all courses.
- Educators should have an openness to try something new and a willingness to fail.
strategies are necessary for 1 :1?
- Administrators need to understand what the possibilities of 1:1 are.
- They also need to model 1:1 for their teachers.
- Everything should not be
- Leadership is everything!
- Four things we saw effective leaders do.
- Build common vision together with the staff.
- Apply positive pressure and support.….set expectations.
- Provide opportunities for professional development.
- Celebrate successes!