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The far-reaching potential of 1:1 to transform students' educational experience requires that everyone involved understand how to leverage technology for their specific purposeteachers, content creators and suppliers, technical and teaching support staff, and administrators. That understanding hinges on the availability of training tailored to meet the needs of each educational constituency.

Teachers involved in 1:1 programs cited their own lack of training as the most significant barrier to laptop use in the classroom.

Expect this frustration to multiply if you distribute laptops to students before teachers know how to use the devices themselves and how to use them to teach.

While baseline training concentrates on building computer literacy, 1:1 also requires a full range of technology integration capabilities. For example, teachers who comfortably move from application to application and from the Internet to content creation and distribution software and back again will gain the most from 1:1. Their lesson plans and course materials will showcase a full range of rich media to engage students in the learning process.

In its state-wide 1:1 learning initiative, "Classrooms for the Future," Pennsylvania allows most of the 1:1 implementation and support decision-making to be made at the local level. However, the state focused particular attention on professional development for teachers. The state's three-pronged professional development approach included:

"Hands on" training provided onsite by technology vendors.
Online courses for groups of teachers and co-teachers to take together.
Ongoing access to a locally based team of instructional coaches.

To recognize the value of ongoing professional development, the state underwrites half the cost of the locally based instructional coaching team.

"Students now own their learning," said Holly Jobe, project manager, "Classrooms for the Future" initiative. "When the teacher gives a question, they research it and think about possible solutions.
Then, they explain why their solution works."

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