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April 2014 Newsletter     

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

Investing in a one-to-one program is a substantial undertaking, both structurally and financially. Long-term sustainability will depend on clearly defined goals, detailed strategic plans that address every aspect of program preparation and implementation, and effective implementation of project components.


First and foremost, the  1:1 program needs to be focused on student learning, personalization and the most effective methods for the delivery of instruction.  A 1:1 program's vision and goals will vary from district to district, but maximizing the learning potential of each individual student must remain the core of established goals. 


Transformative leadership is another essential component to developing a successful and sustainable 1:1 program. District leaders must also address the following elements in order to ensure the seamless implementation of the program:

  • Cultivate district, building and staff leadership
  • Leadership for 'change' and 'transformation'
  • Alignment with curriculum standards
  • Short and long-term financial planning
  • Expectation management
  • Infrastructure
  • Technology preparation, rollout and support
  • Communications
  • Policies

Of major importance in successfully engaging a 1:1 program is the community's will to transform systemic practices moving to authentic 21st century learning achievements.   


Choosing a 1:1 Device?  Consider These Factors

by Paige Johnson, INTEL


Paige Johnson

The research is clear: 1:1 programs can transform education and boost student achievement through personalization of teaching and learning for each student. Less clear to schools may be which technology device to select, from the growing array of choices, to most effectively meet learning objectives.


Device form factors include laptops, desktops, and tablets in a wide variety of sizes, and convertible devices that combine the best of laptops and tablets. Some are tailored for individual consumers, while others are geared more toward institutional users. The devices, in turn, run on five different operating systems: Windows*, MacOS*, Android*, iOS*, and Chrome*.


The selection of a particular device and OS can impact learning-and a district's budget-for years to come. In a recent report on device selection, Bob Moore, RJM Strategies education technology analyst, recommends that schools consider four factors: 

(Read more about the four factors) 
On the Edtech Front...
The U.S. and U.K. Joining Forces for Edtech Good
by Rod Berger
Core of Education


A joint effort between the former Minister of Education for England, Lord James Knight, the e-Learning Foundation from the U.K. and the 1:1 Institute from the U.S. brought together dignitaries and thought leaders in education from around the world. The Core was privileged to be invited and wanted to sit down with organizers Leslie Wilson and Valerie Thompson to further discuss education technology and ways our two countries can intersect. Wilson's 1:1 Institute and Thompson's e-Learning Foundation were pivotal players in this global discussion that will continue at this year's upcoming ISTE international conference in Atlanta. 


(Click to listen) 
Have You Read This?
The Road Ahead for 1:1
by Liz Logan, Amplify

Leslie Wilson knows firsthand what it takes to make 1:1 initiatives successful in schools. She's CEO of the One-to-One Institute (OTO), a national nonprofit organization that provides hands-on expertise, services and support to K-12 schools that are making the transition to 1:1. Also known as Project Red, OTO conducted the first large-scale, national study of educational technology and its impact on student performance and costs. It developed a set of best practices-from leadership to infrastructure to instruction-based on the results of this study.


Wilson worked in public education for more than 31 years, and she led Michigan's 1:1 teaching and learning initiative, Freedom to Learn. We talked with her to hear her insight on the potential of 1:1 and what it really takes to make it work.


What, in your experience, are the benefits of 1:1?

A well-implemented 1:1 initiative creates a student-centered environment where teaching and learning are personalized for individual learners. Personal, portable computers allow students to direct their learning, do research, access immediate resources and information, work independently or in groups, and get quick feedback to guide their personal pace. Through simulations and online field trips and collaborations they can virtually experience life, global expertise, nature, science, history, etc., without the amount of time, cost and space needed in traditional environments. (LEARN MORE) 


9 Lessons From 1-to-1 Pioneers
from THE Journal

Providing a device for every student doesn't require a  huge staff or an impossible amount of funding - and you don't have to figure out everything before you've begun. But it does call for vision, planning and commitment, as these experts will attest. 

Even as the Los Angeles Unified School District is being derided - rightly or wrongly - for bungled management, inadequate teacher training, overpaying for devices and insufficient attention to infrastructure, its massive iPad program has helped make the concept of 1-to-1 part of the national conversation beyond ed tech circles. Here, tech leaders from five districts share nine lessons they've learned over a collective 37 years of 1-to-1 computing. (MORE)

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.


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Upcoming Events & Presentations
NSBA Spring Site Visit - Colorado Springs School District 11 (CO)
May 4, 2014
See how technology supports personalized learning to prepare every student, every day and in every class for a world yet to be imagined. Visit district classrooms, talk with teachers and students, and discuss policy with school administrators and board members through mini-briefings. For more information, or to register, visit

Nevada Department of Education Workshop & Planning
May 7, 2014

One-to-One Institute will be on the road in May, providing assistance to the State of Nevada as they strategically plan for a statewide 1:1 initiative.

Rockdale County (GA)     1-to-1 Leadership Planning
May 30, 2014
Rockdale County Public Schools is taking advantage of One-to-One Institute''s experience with hundreds of successful one-to-one programs and out knowledge of the Key Implementation Factors that we determined from Project RED's research!
2014 Lausanne Learning Institute
July 13, 2014

If you hadn't heard, Registration is OPEN!


You will not want to miss this year's 12th Annual Conference.  You will receive three full days of learning and networking with other educators from all over the world.

ISTE 2014
June 28-July 1, 2014
Do you seek exciting new ways to engage an connect with learners?  Are you committed to sparking curiosity and empowering students to create?  If so, ISTE 2014 is for you.
Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, 
ISTE's conference and expo 
brings educators of all types 
and grade levels together to 
share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges - all while connecting to a global 
network of education 
Don't miss the ISTE 
Conference and Expo in 
Atlanta, GA, June 28-July 1, 
2014 at the Georgia World 
Congress Center!  Register at:
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