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Our 1:1 journey, 18 months on …

Research shows that using technology as a tool to support learning is one of the best ways to engage students. This is one of many reasons why, 18 months ago, we began a 1:1 journey at my school from scratch.

The journey, like most, has had its ups and downs and is (as any new program should) continuing to change to meet the needs of our learners. As an introduction (if you haven’t already) you should read my initial 1:1 article – http://mrkempnz.com/2013/02/11-device-programme.html


The research flowed, ideas were shared, decisions were made (thanks to the support of Microsoft) and the devices were implemented. Devices were purchased by the school, set up by our ICT support team, based on my recommendations for what we required, and in consultation with the new Australian curriculum, we aligned expectations to match our Year 5-8 students needs.
In May 2014, almost 18 months (not quite) into the introduction of our 1:1 device programme we have had many ups, downs and challenges (as with anything new), but we have persevered and come out the other side. Would I change what we did, absolutely, but technology changes so quickly that the right device is always changing.
Some of the highlights of our 1:1 program:
  • Students engagement levels are higher
  • Uptake by Middle School staff – perfect!
  • Quality of produced work – excellent
  • Changing culture from theory to creation – students are now makers and doers, they use their devices to learn, teach and make
  • A wider scope (depth) of learning, including coding, video production and digital photography)
  • Parent support and PD programs we have run (very well received)
  • Student achievement improvements (no data however to relate this improvement to devices as yet)
  • IT support and extra staffing to support integration
Some of the frustrations of our 1:1 program:
  • Crashing of devices
  • Connectivity battle (which has now been resolved and is AMAZING)
  • More paperwork and documentation required
  • Insurance of devices
  • TIME spent dealing with issues, Clarifying job descriptions – who deals with what problems?
  • Gamification – poor graphics card which reduced the quality of products we could use
  • Carefully selecting specs of the machine to suit our needs – we have now created a list of required apps / programs for each year level and the devices must meet the minimum criteria to be considered

All of the meetings, policy documents, discussions and research was worth it. We are finally here and technology integration has never looked better.  The students are loving it from movie making, digital photography, coding, skyping, using twitter to connect and collaborate. The devices allow more student voice and more freedom of learning. 
 
Now in Year 5/6 we have 1:1 Dell Latitude Tablets and in Year 7/8 we have 1:1 Dell touchscreen laptops. We are looking at options for Year 3/4 next who currently are 1:2 with Dell touchscreen laptops.

Integrating technology across all curriculum areas to support learning is the main aim of our 1:1 program and so far we are succeeding. Creating and Collaborating are key areas of our teaching program that the 1:1 program supports. I look forward to sharing more of our learning soon. Please let me know your success stories and your struggles.

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Head of Educational Technology at a large International School in Singapore. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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