Monday, August 16, 2010

One-to-One Maine Leads!

 Maine has long been the leader in providing students with a one-to-one laptop ratio.  We have learned the hard way that a great deal of preparation needs to go into this commitment.  Therefore, we have tried to make the high school implementation more effective.  The literacy and technology committee has recommended the DOE look at implementing the program at a younger age due to the factors already in place.  Here are two sources for teachers who are either beginning, or who want to address a few challenges when implementing one-to-one - courtesy of ESchoolNews.

One-to-one computing programs only as effective as their teachers

Experts say 1-to-1 computing research needs to focus more on classroom practices—and less on equipment

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor

One-to-one, One-to-one computing, Research, Top News, eClassroom News Feb 16th, 2010
The authors of the Texas study conclude: “Respondents at higher implementing schools reported that committed leaders, thorough planning, teacher buy-in, preliminary professional development for teachers, and a commitment to the transformation of student learning were keys to their successful implementation” of the state’s Technology Immersion Project.
Researchers and educators who weren’t part of the BC-published studies agreed with their findings.

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ISTE Do you have questions on the challenges of rolling out a one-to-one laptop program? Get your questions in today and we’ll ask them in the upcoming ISTE Casts interview with Matt Levinson, author of From Fear to Facebook.


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