1:1 change process

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.

  1. Over­hauled role of teacher librar­ian and recre­ated the library spaces.
  2. Built a stu­dent help desk that fields 125 tickets/day and 20,000 each year!
    • 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.
  3. Changed the role of media cen­ter associate.
    • 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.
  4. Built stu­dent intern­ship program.
    • One stu­dent who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram couldn’t hide his excite­ment about the pro­gram. He had his own office along with responsibilities.
  5. Over­hauled stu­dent and staff training.
    • 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.

Nick Sauers



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