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.



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