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February 2015 Newsletter     

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

It's not about the infrastructure, the new policies, or the digital content. It's not about tablets or smartphones or Chromebooks or laptops. It's not about learning management systems. It's not even about data and privacy. Challenging as all these are, they don't hold a candle to the subtle, intricate work of culture change - the human heart of transformation with technology.

Without real culture change, 1:1 implementations do little more than trade pencils for pixels. The low-hanging fruit of increased engagement and access to information and content are harvested early, and then stagnate. After a few years, parents and politicians question why this investment did not lead to increased test scores and the experiment is considered a failure, the investment a waste.

Intro by 
Marie Bjerede, Founder 
e-Mergents LLC

The necessary culture shift isn't new. It's been described for decades as authentic, or student-centered. What is new is the ways in which personal, connected devices for students make this shift possible. With the same tools as professionals use in their work, students can now engage in real, meaningful high quality rigorous work that is profoundly different from the traditional lock-step delivery of content and procedures through whole-group instruction. Why does this matter? Because it enables an environment where students' intrinsic motivation is engaged and where learning is no longer de-contextualized - it occurs within a framework of knowledge that is unique to each student and that builds on their experiences in a way that leads to deeper learning, longer recollection, and (often) skills transfer to other fields. It leads to a set of skills that are appropriate for the constantly shifting, ambiguous, and self-directed work environment that will be the norm for students graduating this century. 


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One Swift Jump

by Ann Linson, Superintendent

East Noble School Corporation, IN

In January 2011, the East Noble School Corporation Board of Trustees, approved a kindergarten through grade 12 transformational change to integrate technology into daily instruction. Once approved, the district was on a fast track to full implementation with just seven months to select and purchase devices, provide WiFi in ten buildings, train staff, evaluate curriculum, distribute a device to each of its 3,700 students, and gain buy in from stakeholders of this rural northeast Indiana school district.

East Noble School Corporation (ENSC) had been immersed in technology for years. They even had a "buddy program" 22 years ago where all second and third graders were given a Macintosh computer for their home. Each classroom had a few computers, schools had computer labs, and teachers all had desktop computers. We continued to hear the excuse "if every student just had a computer, we could do so much more." With a vocational background and experience teaching computer based courses, my learning style is hands on, learn by doing. After much conversation with the ENSC business manager and school Board members, we took the staff up on their request. The Board committed to every student having a device in one swift jump.

To learn more about East Noble's experience, click HERE! 


On the Edtech Front...
It Takes A Community
by Dr. Leah Christman, Superintendent
Southern Lehigh School District, PA 


My youngest daughter works in a large advertising firm in New York City and focuses on 'pitching' interactive digital media campaigns to her clients. As a 36-year veteran of public education, I have never considered how our positions as educational leaders coincide with her marketing world. In reflecting on leadership for a 1:1 environment, there is no question of that correlation!

It is critical to begin with a vision of what we need for the future, and then to involve others in discussion on why this is important, what we aim to accomplish, and how we plan to get there so that the vision becomes truly shared. We need to engage our community including educators, parents, business leaders, and students in the conversation so we are all moving together in the same direction, even when we hit some snags along the way. What difference do we believe 1:1 learning environments will make in the lives of our students? What are our needs? Who is our audience? Why are we making this investment and how do we sustain it? How do we measure and communicate our successes?


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Effective Leadership for Digital Initiatives
by Heather Bender, Director of Networked Learning
Huntsville City Schools, AL  


In 2011, the state of Huntsville City Schools was in stark contrast to its high-tech surroundings.  Curriculum and assessment were paper-based, and 80% of the 10,000 computers in place to serve 23,000 students were more than five years old, making them obsolete.  Th computers, mainly used for drill and skill exercises in the back of the classroom were a patchwork mix of donations and purchases that were expensive and difficult to maintain with some operating systems that were no longer supported.

None of the schools had institutional-grade wireless; instead, access was provided by a mix of systems installed by PTAs or bought at retail stores, which meant security was wide open.  The schools could not handle heavy bandwidth loads, had no file sharing for collaboration, and a 20-year-old email system that did not allow for checking messages from home.  Huntsville developed a plan to tab E-Rate funding, to reallocate print textbook spending and to generate cost savings by ending support of out-of-date technology. 

With an annual budget of $230 million, Huntsville was able to identify $4 million per year to lease computers and $3 million per year for the new curriculum.  Huntsville City Schools' move to an all-digital learning environment reflects 18 months of research, implementation and measurement.  The resulting paradigm shift has created an educational ripple effect, impacting everyone - from parents of preschoolers to post-graduate teacher certification administrators.


To learn more about Huntsville's experience, click HERE!

Have You Read This?
Project RED Findings on 1:1 Learning Programs
by Project RED
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The Project RED research study on the effectiveness of large scale technology initiatives provides some very important data. 

  • What drives learning improvements and cost savings with technology?
  • The financial impact of technology on budgets
  • The impact of continuous access to a computing device by every student

Interested?  Learn 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
AASA National Conference on Education
February 26-28, 2015

Celebrate Public Education in America!

One-to-One Institute will be meeting with superintendents to discuss best practices around 1:1 initiatives.


Join us in commemorating an AASA milestone as we all celebrate our 150th anniversary and applaud school leaders everywhere.

Rockdale County Public Schools
March 12-13, 2015
One-to-One Institute is pleased to be continuing our work with the leadership of the district, helping them work toward their implementation goals!

Kirk In the Hills Presbyterian Church Breakfast
March 13, 2015
OTO CEO Leslie Wilson will be speaking with teachers and volunteers from schools in and around Pontiac, MI about the One-to-One Institute approach for considering the implementation of a 1:1 program.

Cisco Education Team Telepresence
March 19, 2015
OTO CEO Leslie Wilson will be talking with Cisco Education Team members and channel partners, via telepresence, informing them on helping educators transform teaching and learning, the kinds of events, speaking engagements, and professional development OTO does, customer outcomes, and a host of other topics!

Tools You Can Use
Quick Guide - Launching Your First 1:1 Program
by Amplify & One-to-One Institute


The One-to-One Institute (OTO) and Amplify have partnered to provide

districts and schools with a short guide to launching your first 1:1 program. 


This guide is based on OTO's 

best practices and co-authored research, Project RED. It is not intended as a step-by-step instruction but rather as an overview of the key elements needed to develop a successful and sustainable 1:1 implementation.


The guide is divided into three action areas:
  • Get Ready - Foundational steps to get started.
  • Get Set - In-depth strategic and tactical development prior to rollout.
  • Go - Implementation components during the phases of rollout
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