This past week I attended the International 1:1 Conference in Atlanta. Although the conference was small in size, I was very impressed with the sessions I attended. There was one session in particular that I thought was very helpful for attendees. That presentation by Neil Schroeder and Kathy Bottaro focused on the change process for the Sioux City, Iowa schools as they made the transition to 1:1 three years ago. Although they certainly couldn’t describe all of the things they did in their short presentation, the five points they highlighted are fantastic ideas. What follows is a brief description of those items.
- Overhauled role of teacher librarian and recreated the library spaces.
- I’ve blogged about this previously and absolutely love the idea.
- They also created a physical space in the remodeled media center.
- They recruit students at different grades to create a talent pipeline.
- This is another idea I’ve blogged about previously.
- Associates became 1:1 student help desk manager.
- They now oversee all fixes and and technical support for the entire high school.
- Technicians now spend NO time working with the help desk.
- One student who participated in the program couldn’t hide his excitement about the program. He had his own office along with responsibilities.
- Rebuilt middle school technology curriculum.
- Created a week-by-week multi-year PD schedule and followed it.
- Recruited top tier teachers to create model 1:1 courses.
- Created virtual professional development.
I’m certain I didn’t do their presentation justice in this short blog post, but hopefully their main ideas help you generate some ideas for your school. The following video discusses Sioux City’s 1:1 laptop program.