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May/June 2015 Newsletter     

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

As educators, we live in exciting times.  We possess the ability to teach dynamic lessons with technology that previous generations of instructors could only dream of using.  The digital age has opened a door for schools to provide an extraordinarily innovative educational experience (Zhao, 2014).  Additionally, current technology allows teachers to create complex lessons that challenge students while fostering creativity (Prensky, 2006).  However, simply introducing new technology in a school district or classroom will probably not result in substantial changes.  Only through extensive planning and an implementation strategy will the new technology aid the district to its fullest potential.  Here are some foundational insights that will assist educators as they implement the latest technology in their districts.


Create a Committee to Make Technology Decisions


Establish and Present the District Plan

Train Your Teachers


Learn more about these important insights at One-to-One Institute


Transforming Learning in Baltimore

by Paige Johnson, Education Strategist



The Baltimore County Public Schools' STAT (Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) program has the goal of equipping students with critical 21st century skills in order to be globally competitive.  To ensure an equitable, effective digital learning environment, BCPS implements 1 to 1 computing that puts an Intel-based 2 in 1 system in every student's hands to enable a personalized learning environment.  



An Overview

Hear Noah and other students, teachers and administrators describe the STAT program and why they're excited about it: 



Planning and Implementation

Hear about the planning process, including how district officials work closely with parents, the community and technology partners to establish the overall educational goals, set instructional and infrastructure requirements, and evaluate current school policies, in order to ensure the success of the STAT initiative:




For more info on Baltimore's transformation, click HERE!  


On the Edtech Front...
Study Questions Efficacy of 1:1 vs. 2:1 Learning with Devices
by Elliott Levine, Education Strategist
Hewlett-Packard Company


A study will be presented at the International Communication Association's 65th annual conference, in which a Ph.D. candidate suggests that students learning with a shared device have better academic outcomes than both students in a 1:1 environment, as well as students with no access to devices.  The study, by Courtney Blackwell, suggests the results that students sharing a tablet scored higher than the other groups.  However, the initial hypothesis and base methodology may appear to raise more questions than answers about the statistical significance of the study.


"Hopefully this research takes such factors into account, or further analysis is completed before the industry attempts to make generalizations into the efficacy of digital learning for early childhood, or any age."


In her study of 352 kindergarten students, Blackwell compared classrooms between 3 Chicago-area elementary schools, in which the first school gave tablets to every student, the second school had children share the tablet, and a third school where students had no access to tablets.  Student literacy was measured using the STAR Early Literacy Assessment (from Renaissance Learning) as the basis for her findings  She was quotes as saying, "1:1 tablet computers may not be the most effective way to use technology for all grades and from a policy standpoint, we need to rethink what developmentally appropriate technology use is for young children."


Find out more! Click  HERE! 

Have You Seen This?
Creative Spaces
Do your classroom spaces promote creativity or do they limit it?  


Project RED


The Project RED research study on the effectiveness of large scale technology initiatives provides some very important data. 

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
One-to-One Computing & BYOD Leadership Workshop
June 16, 2015
Chicago, IL

Netrix LLC is hosting a live, face-to-face workshop on one-to-one computing and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) leadership.  Designed specifically for K-12 superintendents and curriculum leaders, this event will provide the information necessary to create and implement a successful one-to-one computing strategy.

ISTE 2015
June 29-July 3, 2015
Philadelphia, PA
OTO's Dr. Michael Gielniak will be at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, meeting with the Project RED Signature Districts and others, during this four day event.  

Dougherty County School System
July 22-24, 2015
Albany, GA
One-to-One Institute is pleased to be continuing our work with the principals and teachers of the district, helping them work toward their implementation goals.

One-to-One Computing & BYOD Workshop
September 16, 2015
Nashville, IN is hosting a live, face-to-face workshop on one-to-one computing and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) leadership. Designed specifically for K-12 superintendents and curriculum leaders, this event will provide the information necessary to create and implement a successful one-to-one computing strategy.

Tools You Can Use
A Guidebook for Change
by Leslie Wilson, CEO & 
Dr. Michael Gielniak, COO
One-to-One Institute


We call today's learners Millennials, Generation Next, or the Net Generation for good reason. They use communications, media, and digital technologies almost instinctively. They are connected, wired for the next moment's activities, and view the world through the prism of their own interests. This worldview is different from that of previous generations and the difference affects their learning significantly. Within the context of their interconnected, always-on world, the path to student engagement has changed. 


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