1-to-1 is about the people not devices – the educators, the students, the parents, and administrators – and making sure voices are heard. Teachers who empower student voices to help with decisions, choices, and classroom norms will transform their classrooms.
Every classroom is different and how 1:1 is used will be different for every teacher and every grade and subject.
An online learning community is vital — one that every student can access – to eliminate unintentional silos of learning, cluttered email, ineffective communication and fractured student experiences. Teachers can ask students to help choose the product and help create a rubric to evaluate different options. Schools should adopt the same community so that students do not have different communities for each class - although the experience of each class will be unique to those learners.
Learner-centricity and personalized learning is what 1-to-1 is all about. What a pleasure to see it written into so many school 1-to-1 plans.
Parents are our best partners; when they are kept in the loop and embrace 1-to-1 in their home practices much of the battle is won.
Teachers will always be needed in 1-to-1 classrooms to ensure that the investment of time, resources and money results in transformed, empowered, thinking students who use their digital assistants for meaningful learning.