Posted by: crudbasher | March 10, 2010

Lessons from 1:1 laptop schools

Lots and lots of really good insight about implementing a 1:1 laptop program. 

  • 1:1 laptop lessons

    tags: education, laptop

    • Last week I was extremely fortunate to attend the ASB Unplugged Conference in Mumbai, India at the American School of Bombay

    • the conference was a treasure-trove of ideas, inspiration and advice for teachers and administrators in 1:1 schools

    • 1. Involve all stakeholders

    • Every single presenter in every single session I attended

    • highlighted the absolutely critical importance of involving all community members in the planning and decision-making processes involved in going 1:1.

    • 2. School leadership must take an active role in the process of implementing 1:1

    • Scott Klososky and Paul Fochtman (the Superintendent of ASB) presented a joint session on the concept of High Beam Leadership – using data to analyze and predict the future so that you’re making decisions with a 10-year view.

    • A critical skill highlighted with the High Beam concept is the ability to take control of all the information that’s available and to make your own decisions. If you’re just following what others are doing, you’re not really planning for the future.

    • Our schools are great at buying “things.”

    • Clearly, it’s easy for our well-funded schools to buy hardware, but it’s not so easy to develop and articulate a clear vision for what to do with those tools, or to implement long-term, effective professional development in order to make the most of the things we bought, and many of our school leaders prefer a more “hands off – let the tech team take care of tech” approach, rather than a true understanding of what this hardware should be creating in our schools.

    • “Every single information-oriented segment of society is being dramatically impacted by the information revolution in society. Including schools.”

    • 4. Project Based Learning is where it’s at!

    • As Scott McLeod said during his session, ”what we remember best/most is what we attach meaning to. It’s very hard to attach meaning to decontextualized facts.” Project Based Learning ensures that learning is contextualized from start to finish.

    • 5. It’s the little things that make a difference

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Responses

  1. Articulating a clear vision is so critical, unfortunately it is often the piece that is missing. Thank you for the great references and links.

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