1-to-1 is no longer a term that requires an explanation, at least to nearly anyone in a school. You might even say it’s “tipped” in the Malcolm Gladwell sense of become ubiquitous in society if you call “society” education. Nearly any educator can point to their own school or another as an example of providing laptops or tablets to students and teachers and describe at least some of what has happened because of this.
If you have been on this planet long enough to remember or to even have seen reruns, you know that the TV series Star Trek was once innovative, unusual and unique. Then it was cancelled and went off the air. After a while along came Star Trek: The Next Generation and Patrick Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and others took the idea even further. A new set, further innovation, different characters and entirely new species, drama and decisions ensued. At some point Patrick Stewart usually said, “make it so” to a direct report who described a seemingly impossible series of tasks to undo the latest fiasco.
1-to-1 as a factor in schools has moved from the original Star Trek (Anytime Anywhere Learning) to a a bigger budget and wider cast over a number of years and to larger and larger installations (OneLaptopPerChild; Maine: 2002; Sydney: 2008-present) to now The Next Generation where public, private (independent), parochial and charter schools have considered and adopted 1-to-1 in many flavors and iterations. I’m not sure who said “make it so” at all these schools but it is so, now, and there are many 1-to-1 schools, districts, states and even countries.
I will be writing a longer blog post here, at my personal blog, and for the Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation all about how 1-to-1 has evolved. But first I’m hoping to get a better picture of what The Next Generation means, and what morphing has occurred since the very first laptop school at Methodist Ladies’ College Melbourne (1990). So I’m hoping if you are at a 1-to-1 school, district or state that you will consider responding to the 1-to-1:The Next Generation survey. I’m going to leave it live for about a week or two and may interview a few people as well.
Thanks very much,