The Evolution of 1:1 Programs

My presentation at the European 1:1 Learning Institute is called “The Evolution of 1:1 Programs.”  I’ve been working on the slides for it this evening, and the following is the current draft:

The Evolution of 1:1 Programs

What I normally try to do in these presentations is to put some thought into broader issues surrounding 1:1 programs.  Just today, I met someone who wanted to check in a presentation I made may years ago called “One Size Doesn’t Fit All,” about how a school might have a different 1:1 program for each division, and how it was hard to choose one laptop for all students as they become older and more independent in their computing needs.  This presentation isn’t really about the evolution of hardware, software or even program design, but more about how the context and reasons for a 1:1 program have evolved to be much different that when the first programs started in 1990 to 1996.

Counting the years backwards, I believe 1997 was the year I was planning my first 1:1 laptop program for 4th graders, based on the near indestructible eMates:

I will confess, however, that the eMates were soon replaced by the first edition iBooks, complete with the weird new thing called Wifi and Apple Airports and Airport cards.

If you attend or attended my session, thanks!  I hope it goes well.



Start of Year Updates

As you might guess, we’ve been super busy with the start of the school year.  Here are some short  updates:

  • Haiku is going even better than expected.  Since 1 September, we’ve averaged over 11,000 pages served a day and over 1200 faculty and students have logged in.  The teachers are doing a great job with developing their pages, and the unified homework calendars really work.  We just about have parent access ready for some testing in the Middle School.
  • The Epson Brightlinks are also going well.  We had a new firm install 20 of them over the summer, and they did a very good job.
  • The iPad pilot project (1:1 in two fourth grade classrooms) is off to a good start.
  • The Meru wireless is working well (with 20 new APs installed, and five more just about to be ordered)
  • Veracross is ticking over fine, and they just built a new form for us in Admissions.  We are considering their summer program module and will test it this month.
  • Our Makerbot arrived, but I haven’t seen it in action yet.
  • On my facilities side, both of our planning applications to Westminster were approved!

All in all, a very good start to the year.  I’m writing this from Frankfurt, Germany, where I am attending the European 1:1 Learning Institute.  My next post will be the slideshow for my presentation.

Also, since I’m staying at the Movenpick Hotel, I just ordered up some ice cream.  Such decadence!

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