My Edutopia article 5 Epiphanies About Learning in a 1:1 Classroom sparked some questions and conversation about implementation programs. I certainly cannot claim to have all the answers. If you are considering a 1:1 program at your school or district, you've probably already noticed how many moving parts exist. And no program, no matter how much support it receives, will run smoothly.
The SMA administration and IT director started planning for implementation two years before the students received devices. I use the term "planning" loosely. The best thing they did was to assume they did NOT have the answers. Instead, they asked lots of questions.
These are by no means the only questions to consider. Every implementation program needs to be tailored to fit the intended population. And the questions should not stop merely because implementation has been completed. A robust, ongoing 1:1 program requires continued training and support, frequent reflection and redirection, and appropriate direction-changes.
And if you are smart about your process, patient with colleagues and students, and responsive about needs, then you will watch in awe as classroom walls "disappear" and innovation and creativity on the part of both students and faculty explode.
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