1-to-1: The Next Generation (Part 1)

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,
Pamela Livingston

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