One to One Computing in Indiana. Gary Bates Indiana Dept. of Education [email protected] BACKGROUND. Lack of access – students receiving less than an hour a week using a computer Teachers constantly “fighting” for computer lab time
Lack of access – students receiving less than an hour a week using a computer
Teachers constantly “fighting” for computer lab time
New approach –viable and sustainable way to get computers in the classroom
“We will become the Department of ‘Make It Happen’ where we work to find ways to say “yes” to schools in their quest to provide outstanding learning opportunities for Hoosier students.”
January 12, 2009
2. Teacher buy-in - Teachers should be brought on board during the very first stages in the planning and grant writing process. Their insight, wants, needs, concerns, and fears, need to be addressed and taken into consideration when going to a 1:1 classroom setting.
3. Tech Support - Not enough can be said about how important the role of the tech staff is to the implementation and success of the 1:1 program. Their input into the grant, the layout and design of the rooms, and their on-going support and training of staff is crucial and should be planned for accordingly.
4. Professional Development – These grants provide financial support for training but these funds must be coupled with local commitment to teacher development.
Teaching in a 1:1 environment doesn’t “just happen.” This is a radical paradigm shift for teachers and they will need a lot of time, patience, and support to successfully teach when they have computers available to them on a daily basis.
These four components are crucial. If any one of the four is missing, or is weak, the program suffers.
As schools look to the 1:1 initiative for their own situation, they should give great thought to, and carefully consider, the time, effort, money, and energy to make this significant change work successfully.
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