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Central Lyon 1 to 1

 

What is 1:1?

 

In a one-to-one wireless teaching and learning environment, each participating student

is provided access to a wireless laptop on a direct and continuous basis throughout the

school day and beyond, if possible.... It is the intent of one-to-one programs to

empower students with “anytime and anywhere” learning.... (Source: What is a One-to-

One Learning Environment, Freedom to Learn Program, 2005)

 

Why are schools doing this?

 

When a student is in class, the laptop is in their immediate proximity and is used

regularly and with purpose. (Source: What is One-to-One? From the One-to-One

Institute)

 

More and more states, school districts, and schools are beginning to understand the

power of one-to-one teaching and learning. This site can be a useful resource to learn

about one-to-one programs and to share information about lessons learned and best

practices.

 

Who else is doing it?

 

There are various schools throughout the state that are already using laptops. Within

NW Iowa, several schools went to 1:1 this past year including Sibley-Ocheyedan, Spirit

Lake, Okoboji, Boyden-Hull, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, West Sioux, Unity Christian, and MOC/FV. Schools that are considering it for the upcoming year, in addition to Central Lyon, are George-Little Rock, and Rock Valley. The programs will not be identical. Some will be just for seniors and some will be for grades 6-12.

 

Reason for considering the 1 to 1 initiative

Our mission is to prepare students to live, work, and thrive in the digital world they are inheriting. In order to do this, teaching and learning will need to change. The 1:1 laptop initiative gives students the tools to have instant access to the world of information and also to become producers rather than just consumers.

 

• Leveling the Playing Field for All Students - We are increasingly becoming a society of

“haves” and “have nots” when it comes to the latest technology. Putting technology

into the hands of all students allows everyone access to the same tools.

 

• Learning Without Limits – One of the items that we have tried to emphasize over the

last four years is to change the equation of schooling from time being the constant to

one where learning is the constant. Learning should be asynchronous, without a

function of time or, for that matter, walls. We need to move past the 19th century

model of schools being buildings and move into the framework of schools being

centers of learning without the confining elements of walls and time.

Flattening of the World – Technology has created a smaller world in the sense that we

are able to connect more easily to other areas of the United States and the world

through portals such as Skype, blogs, video conferencing, and Google, to name a few.

We live in interesting times in which the power of technology is transforming the way in

which we communicate, just as the telephone did several generations ago and email

did a generation ago. As the speed of technology and ability to move information

continues to increase, so will our dependence on its use for our communication needs

and workplace environments. If we are not preparing students to function in this

digital world, then we have put them at a great disadvantage moving forward in their

lives.

 

• 21st Century Skills – Several years ago, the State of Iowa passed legislation

implementing the Iowa Core Curriculum, now termed the Model Core Curriculum. Part

of this law requires school districts to engage students in 21st century skills and states:

“Shifts from a traditional system that may not include the incorporation of these skills

into curriculum for all, to one that requires that all students leave school prepared to

succeed in the complex new 21st century.” Essential concepts and skill sets include:

employability skills, financial literacy, health literacy, and technology literacy.

 

• The Five Cs – Collaboration, Community, Creativity, Communication, Connections

How will teaching change?

 

Good teaching will not change. What will change is the way in which information is

accessed, processed, analyzed, synthesized, and finally created. The biggest change in

teaching will come in the role of the teacher moving from the source and dispenser of

knowledge to the facilitator of learning. What that means is instead of the teachers

lecturing and being the sole dispensers of information, they now become facilitators of

learning.

 

21st century education/teaching involves active learning, learning communities, and

technology converging to create new school environments for students and teachers.

The most important thing a child can have in school is great teachers who facilitate

learning in their classrooms.

 

Teachers need to take on the role of facilitator of learning to:

 

• Help students learn to manage their time and projects.

 

• Continue to push higher-order thinking in all learning opportunities.

 

• Teach laptop/computer ethical and responsible usage of technology.

 

• Assign tasks of inquiry, collaboration, research, and polished/published writing

knowing that students have the needed resources.

 

• Provide opportunities for the students including independent learning and practice.

 

• Collaborate through interdisciplinary teaching and online professional development.

 

• Provide practice, review sessions, additional readings, and differentiated learning for

all students.

How will the 1:1 initiative and technology change learning?

 

Students will become producers of knowledge as well as wiser consumers and filters of

ever-expanding knowledge. Research shows that the 1:1 initiative “levels the playing

field” for all students, regardless of a family’s economic situation.

 

This plan:

 

• Creates 21st century learners.

 

• Demands collaboration between students and between students and teachers.

 

• Encourages collaboration between all members of the educational community. We are

defining the educational community as anyone a student or teacher can connect with

to improve and enhance learning. This community may be the NW Iowa region,

students and teachers from around Iowa, and even students and teachers from

around the nation and the world.

 

• Promotes student engagement.

 

• Reduces textbooks and worksheets.

 

• Guides students in the production of knowledge.

 

• Opens opportunities for education at all levels in our community.

 

• Allows access to current information and a means to manipulate information in ways

that connect it in relevant learning.

 

• Increases enthusiasm due to the ability to use the web and other technological tools

or programs.

 

• Promotes student pride through creative opportunities as opposed to textbook and

worksheet assignments.

 

• Improves students’ ability to self-assess and set learning goals.

 

• Increases interactive possibilities with teachers and other students.

 

Does this mean that student achievement will increase?

 

There have been many studies that show an increase in student achievement in

numerous areas when a school has gone to a 1:1 initiative and this may be a possibility

at Central Lyon. However, the major reasons for moving to this initiative are the five

listed previously. Some of the other skills that have improved as a result of schools going to 1:1 are technological and information processing skills, organizational skills, and becoming self-directed learners.

 

How much do I have to pay for my laptop?

 

There is no charge for your child to use the computer.

 

How much do I owe for a deductible?

 

The school has bought an ADP (Accidental Damage Protection) plan to help with accidental damages to the machine. However, if it is a malicious and deliberate act that causes damage to the computer the student may be responsible for the entire amount of either repairing or replacing the computer.