Building Your 1 to 1 Program

“The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Futurist Alvin Toffler

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Innovate to Educate: System [Re]Design for Personalized Learning
A Report From The 2010 Symposium

Symposium participants jointly identified the following top ten essential elements and policy enablers of personalized learning:

Essential Elements

1. Flexible, Anytime/Everywhere Learning
2. Redefine Teacher Role and Expand “Teacher”
3. Project-Based, Authentic Learning
4. Student Driven Learning Path
5. Mastery/Competency-Based Progression/Pace

Policy Enablers

1. Redefine Use of Time (Carnegie Unit/Calendar)
2. Performance-Based, Time-Flexible Assessment
3. Equity in Access to Technology Infrastructure
4. Funding Models that Incentivize Completion
5. P-20 Continuum and Non-grade Band System

Education leaders at the Symposium rallied around redefining the use of time and the Carnegie Unit as the single most significant policy enabler for personalized learning. Personalized learning models reverse the traditional model that views time and place (that is, seat-time) as the constant and achievement as the variable. Instead, personalized learning ensures all students gain proficiency independent of time, place, and pace of learning.

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Today, millions of students and teachers worldwide are experiencing 1:1 learning—in the United
States’ Maine and North Carolina as well as in emerging regions of the world such as Peru.

Why are K-12 schools embracing 1:1 learning? There are two primary reasons:
• to improve learning outcomes;
• and to boost the operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness of teachers,
staff and administration.

1:1 learning makes extensive use of technology, offering educators a way to individualize learning
by acknowledging each child’s strengths and areas for improvement, and building skills from there.
This approach holds particular appeal for educators in the United States where student populations
reflect diversity in culture, language and skills.

Through 1:1 learning, each student can have a personalized educational experience which
leverages his or her strengths and delivers extra help as needed. Because technology enables
progress monitoring in real time, teachers can intervene long before a failing grade occurs.

Launching a 1 to 1 Program

Many educators and administrators with the flexibility and budget to launch a comprehensive 1:1
initiative do just that. Others, however, may choose to launch a pilot program. In creating a pilot
program, some schools include a sample student population with a common characteristic, such
as students enrolled in schools located in rural areas. Other schools opt to divide a similar student
population, exposing one half of the students to technology-enabled learning, while the remaining
students work without technology.
No matter which approach to 1:1 makes the most sense based on your needs, expectations and
budget, one conclusion is clear: advance planning is crucial to success. Leading administrators and
teachers who are pioneering 1:1 point to seven key areas critical to improving learning outcomes:

• Policy,
• Training,
• Curriculum,
• Content,
• Devices,
• Assessment, and
• Classroom Management.

Each area represents an opportunity to influence learning outcomes positively.

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