1 to 1 Schools is a col­lab­o­ra­tive blog ded­i­cated to 1:1 com­put­ing envi­ron­ments in ele­men­tary and sec­ondary schools. Our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors are listed below. If you’d like to be a con­trib­u­tor or a guest blog­ger, please con­tact Nick Sauers at nck0208@gmail.com. Thanks!


Reg­u­lar Contributors

Janet Moeller-Abercrombie

Janet Moeller-Abercrombie has 16 years of teach­ing expe­ri­ence and cur­rently works full time at Hong Kong Inter­na­tional School. Janet’s pas­sion is cre­at­ing learn­ing envi­ron­ments in which instruc­tion is enhanced through tech­nol­ogy inte­gra­tion and dif­fer­en­ti­ated instruc­tion. Janet earned an MS in Edu­ca­tion from West­ern Ore­gon Uni­ver­sity and a Master’s degree in Edu­ca­tional Lead­er­ship from The Col­lege of New Jer­sey. Janet is a doc­toral can­di­date with the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota and has begun cur­ricu­lum con­sult­ing with admin­is­tra­tors and teach­ers. She is also the author of Expat Edu­ca­tor. Janet is cer­ti­fied by the National Board for Pro­fes­sional Teach­ing Standards.

Mike Giel­niak

Michael Giel­niak, Ph.D. is One-to-One Institute’s Direc­tor of Pro­grams and Devel­op­ment. He has worked with numer­ous school dis­tricts across the coun­try to cre­ate suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able one-to-one pro­grams. Michael is the for­mer Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Anton Art Cen­ter and the Cen­ter for Cre­ative Learn­ing and Teach­ing. Both a Ful­bright Scholar and an Emmy Award win­ner, he has been work­ing with cre­ative and edu­ca­tional envi­ron­ments around the globe for more than 25 years. He stud­ied orches­tral con­duct­ing with Ser­gio Celi­bidache and Leonard Bern­stein, and has con­ducted numer­ous orches­tras in the United States and Europe.

Michael is a co-author of the ground­break­ing Project RED research, The Tech­nol­ogy Fac­tor: 9 Keys to Stu­dent Achieve­ment and Cost Effec­tive­ness, as well as Tech­nol­ogy for Learning’s A Guide­book for Change. He is a fre­quent con­fer­ence speaker and pre­sen­ter, adjunct pro­fes­sor at Oak­land Uni­ver­sity, and the cre­ator of the annual Great Lakes 1:1 Com­put­ing Conference.


Keith Gillette

Keith Gillette directs the Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram at Lake For­est Coun­try Day School, where he has launched his sec­ond 1:1 stu­dent com­put­ing pro­gram. Keith has more than 15 years of expe­ri­ence deliv­er­ing infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy solu­tions in K-20 edu­ca­tional con­texts. Keith holds a Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Infor­ma­tion & Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Sys­tems Man­age­ment, a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Chicago Booth School of Busi­ness, as well as numer­ous IT indus­try cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. Keith is Past Pres­i­dent and cur­rent board mem­ber of the Illi­nois Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cers, a non­profit asso­ci­a­tion of edu­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy leaders.

Sam Gliks­man

Sam has been lead­ing tech­nol­ogy appli­ca­tions in busi­ness and edu­ca­tion for over 25 years and is cur­rently work­ing as a Direc­tor of Edu­ca­tional Tech­nol­ogy in Los Ange­les and also as an inde­pen­dent edu­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy con­sul­tant to a num­ber of K-12 schools. Sam speaks at con­fer­ences nation­ally and over­seas and also gives work­shops to admin­is­tra­tors, teach­ers and school groups. He also founded and blogs for the pop­u­lar iPads in Edu­ca­tion web­site (www.ipadeducators.ning.com) that has a mem­ber­ship of sev­eral thou­sand edu­ca­tors worldwide.

Pamela Liv­ingston

Pamela Liv­ingston, Senior Prod­uct Man­ager at School­wires, has spent eigh­teen years direct­ing edu­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy pro­grams and help­ing teach­ers inte­grate tech­nol­ogy at pub­lic, pri­vate and char­ter schools. The author of ISTE’s best­seller “1-to-1 Learn­ing: Lap­top Pro­grams That Work”, Pamela wrote the book by spend­ing over a year inter­view­ing lap­top lead­ers around the U.S., syn­the­siz­ing research and stud­ies on 1-to-1, and doc­u­ment­ing her expe­ri­ence run­ning a lap­top pro­gram. With pub­lished arti­cles in Tech­Learn­ing, Learn­ing & Lead­ing with Tech­nol­ogy, Dig­i­tal Direc­tions, and HotChalk, Pamela co-authored a chap­ter in the S. McLeod and C. Lehmann book  “What School Admin­is­tra­tors Need to Know about Dig­i­tal Tech­nolo­gies and Social Media.” A fre­quent pre­sen­ter and keynote at national and inter­na­tional venues such as ISTE, Lau­sanne Collegiate’s Lap­top Insti­tute, South Dakota’s Lap­top Con­fer­ence, and Penn State’s One-to-One Con­fer­ence, Pamela is an adjunct pro­fes­sor at Chest­nut Hill Col­lege in Philadel­phia and at Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts, Boston. With a B.S. in com­puter sys­tems from CUNY and an M.S. in edu­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy from Chest­nut Hill Col­lege, Pamela is a Google Cer­ti­fied Teacher. She can be fol­lowed on Twit­ter as pliv­ings and blogs solo at http://www.1-to-1learning.blogspot.com and with oth­ers athttp://1to1schools.net.

Sylvia Mar­tinez



Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Edu­ca­tional Lead­er­ship at the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky. He also is the Found­ing Direc­tor of the UCEA Cen­ter for the Advanced Study of Tech­nol­ogy Lead­er­ship in Edu­ca­tion (CASTLE), the nation’s only aca­d­e­mic cen­ter ded­i­cated to the tech­nol­ogy needs of school admin­is­tra­tors, and was a co-creator of the wildly pop­u­lar video series, Did You Know? (Shift Hap­pens). He has received numer­ous national awards for his tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship work, includ­ing recog­ni­tions from the cable indus­try, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Asso­ci­a­tion, and the Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Edu­ca­tion. In Spring 2011 he was a Vis­it­ing Can­ter­bury Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ter­bury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs reg­u­larly about tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship issues at Dan­ger­ously Irrel­e­vantMind Dump, and Edu­ca­tion Recoded and occa­sion­ally at The Huff­in­g­ton Post. He also just com­pleted his first book, What School Lead­ers Need to Know About Dig­i­tal Tech­nolo­gies and Social Media.


Rich Merlo

Rich Merlo, Cor­co­ran (CA) Uni­fied School Dis­trict Super­in­ten­dent for eight years, earned degrees in Human Biol­ogy (BA) and Edu­ca­tion (MA) from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and in Edu­ca­tional Admin­is­tra­tion (MA) from Fresno Pacific Uni­ver­sity. Mr. Merlo’s pas­sion — to raise stu­dent achieve­ment lev­els through moti­va­tion and ensur­ing all staff and stu­dents have the most opti­mal and inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­ogy tools to greatly enhance stu­dent learn­ing and pre­pare stu­dents for the Infor­ma­tion Age — came to fruition with a one-of-a-kind Tech­nol­ogy Learn­ing Cen­ter, con­sid­ered to be unique in the Cen­tral Val­ley. Through his lead­er­ship, the Dis­trict is com­mit­ted to a 1:1 pro­gram for 6th to 12th grade stu­dents with lap­tops in every core class­room. A true 1:1 pro­gram was recently imple­mented with all 6th-, 7th-, 11th- and 12th- grade stu­dents using iPads at school and at home along with free Inter­net — all pro­vided by the Dis­trict. Mr. Merlo has received hon­ors as Selma Uni­fied School Dis­trict Teacher of the Year in 1994, and was named a Fresno County Admin­is­tra­tor of the Year final­ist in 1998 as prin­ci­pal of Selma High School. In 2009, Mr. Merlo was pre­sented the Asso­ci­a­tion of Cal­i­for­nia School Admin­is­tra­tors Region 11 Admin­is­tra­tor of the Year Award. Mr. Merlo’s Cor­co­ran involve­ment includes Rotary Club, Cham­ber of Com­merce, Com­mu­nity and Schools Together (CAST), and Cit­i­zens Advi­sory Com­mit­tee for the two local pris­ons. Mr. Merlo serves on the Cal­i­for­nia State University-Fresno President’s Advi­sory Com­mit­tee for the School of Edu­ca­tion and par­tic­i­pates on the Exec­u­tive Lead­er­ship Coun­cil for Cen­tral Val­ley Edu­ca­tional Lead­er­ship Insti­tute as well as the Rural Schools Net­work for the Cen­tral Val­ley. He also serves on sev­eral edu­ca­tional com­mit­tees through the Kings County Office of Edu­ca­tion and cur­rently is a pro­fes­sor for Uni­ver­sity of Phoenix Online.


Blair Peter­son



Char­lie Roy



Nick Sauers

Nick Sauers, Ph.D., is cur­rently the Lead­er­ship Train­ing Coor­di­na­tor of the Cen­ter for the Advanced Study of Tech­nol­ogy Lead­er­ship in Edu­ca­tion (CASTLE) at the Uni­ver­sity of Ken­tucky.  CASTLE is the nation’s only cen­ter ded­i­cated to the tech­nol­ogy needs of school admin­is­tra­tors.  In his posi­tion with CASTLE, Nick works with admin­is­tra­tors help­ing them develop their per­sonal tech­nol­ogy skills and deep­en­ing their under­stand­ing of the impact of tech­nol­ogy on edu­ca­tion.  Prior to assum­ing his role with CASTLE, Nick has held posi­tions as an ele­men­tary and mid­dle school prin­ci­pal, teacher, and coach in pub­lic schools in Iowa.  Nick blogs at 1to1schools.net, and he can be reached at nck0208@gmail.com.

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