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October 2013 Newsletter     

The mission of One-to-One Institute is to transform education by personalizing learning through universal access to technology.


The movement toward 1:1 computing in education has steadily grown over the last several years, and interest continues to grow. Implementing a program that relies on technology for learning means advance planning and careful preparation.

Planning is a complex and detailed process that is tied to the organization, culture and personnel involved. To achieve goals and sustain a robust program, school districts have to lay the groundwork and engage all stakeholders in setting expectations, making decisions, establishing benchmarks and timelines, and achieving consensus.   

Joplin  - Moving Forward
by Klista Rader, Joplin Schools, MO



When it's time to make decisions affecting the education of the community, it's the community that comes together with Joplin Schools, collectively providing input for the sake of their students.  In April 2011, students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members were called together for a collective strategic planning discussion.  The meeting's result was a set of indicators of what Joplin expected from their graduates.  They felt Joplin graduates should possess the following skills:

  •  collaboration
  •  communication
  •  problem solving
  •  technology literacy
  •  critical thinking
  •  flexibility/adaptability
  •  Interpersonal communication
  •  ethics/character
  •  community/global awareness
  •  lifelong learning

Those involved left the strategic planning session excited about change and opportunities for students.  The district was already on their way; all teachers in the district had gone through the Technology Leadership Academy, providing them with laptops and SMART Boards in their classrooms and at least 30 hours of professional development in technology integration and project-based learning. A recent pilot in the high school had changed the policy to allow cell phones and smart phones in a BYOD situation.  In evaluating the delivery of technology integration professional development, recent changes had also been made, providing deeper training in 21st century skills.  The district and community knew what they wanted to do.  


District Learning Intiatives
Change Management Leadership
by Mary Veres
Sunnyside Unified School District, AZ


Implementing a successful one-to-one program is as much about ch caf_-laptop-people.jpg ange leadership as it is about putting laptops into the hands of children. At Sunnyside, the one-to-one program (now in its fourth year, grades 4 through 10) was rolled out in successive years, allowing first elementary, then middle and finally high school teachers to make the shift from teacher-centered traditional classrooms of paper and books to student-centered learning with full technology integration. While it was generally accepted that teacher professional development for making the shift to one-to-one was a critical element, it was Project RED Key Implementation Factor # 2-"Change Management Leadership by Principal,"  that tipped the balance in changing the instructional practice in Sunnyside's classrooms.  Before deploying laptops into the hands of students, school leadership needed to determine how ready the teachers were to change their instructional practice. Classroom management, personal use of technology, motivation for change, all are critical factors in a successful implementation.


Integrated, Interactive Digital Learning
by Gregory Whiteman
Kent School District, WA


Students inhabit a digital landscape filled with electronic tools as ubiquitous as the air they breathe.  Creating seamless connections between the real world of students' daily lives and the universe of schooling is critical for ensuring engaged learners who rise to the challenge of self-directed learning.  The aggressive pursuit of quality digital resources is essential for closing opportunity and learning gaps for our students.


To prepare students for living and working in a digital, connected future, their work of learning must happen with similar digital tools in a similar environment.  Purposefully selecting and deploying instructional resources that capitalize on the capabilities of digital devices is an essential part of creating that environment in our schools.  Laptops and tablets enable educators to shift from static and isolated instructional materials to intentionally integrated and dynamically interactive curriculum resources. 


About One-to-One Institute


One-to-One Institute grew out of Michigan's successful, statewide one-to-one initiative, Freedom to Learn.  One-to-One Institute is a national non-profit committed to igniting 21st century education through the implementation of one-to-one technology in K-12 settings.  Our mission is to transform education. We believe that by personalizing learning through universal, uninterrupted access to technology students will take ownership of their learning and maximize their potential. 


One-to-One Institute offers professional learning, consultancy, expertise and hands-on experience in all aspects of developing learning environments that meaningfully integrate technology. Based on the latest research and our experience in hundreds of 1:1 environments, OTO has crafted a set of best practices for leadership, infrastructure and instruction to help ensure that your program is successful and sustainable.


One-to-One Institute Board of Directors


Dr. William A. Hamilton, President

Dr. Brian A. McNulty, Vice President

Ms. Camille Jones, Treasurer

Dr. Eileen Lento, Secretary

Mr. Matt Williams, Board Trustee


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Upcoming Events & Presentations
International 1:1 Computing Conference

Dec 2-3, 2013 
Atlanta, GA

Whether your district is thinking about implementing 1:1 technology or has been running a program for several years, the International 1:1 Computing Conference will provide you with new knowledge, practical strategies and the opportunity to network and collaborate with your educational colleagues from the U.S. and Canada.


To learn more, or to register to attend:

Tech Forum New York:  Insight and Innovation for Technology Leaders

Oct 18, 2013 
Tarrytown, NY

Brought to you by the team behind Tech & Learning magazine and the web site, Tech Forum represents "Tech & Learning in action." Now in its twelfth season, this high-powered, one-day event provides K-12 decision makers with thought-provoking content on the hottest topics of the day in education technology. An engaging and intimate setting, expert presentations, and plenty of networking opportunities ensure that participants leave with practical tools and key contacts for continued rich communities of practice.


To learn more, or to register:  

Southwest One-to-One Leadership Summit

Oct 21-22, 2013 
Scottsdale, AZ

The One-to-One Institute, in partnership with Intel, is offering an exciting opportunity for a few select district leadership teams to join them for the Southwest One-to-One Leadership summit. One-to-One Institute (OTO) is dedicated to improving student achievement through the development of learner-centered one-to-one programs that prepare students for their futures. The Institute's work is based around their Project RED research and their hands-on experience guiding the implementation of hundreds of 1:1 programs nationwide. By Invitation ONLY.  

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