Initial Results From 1 1 Learning Initiative Pilot

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  • ECHS were offered a total of 239 hours - monitoring software such as E-Chalk and DyKnow; course management including Moodle and Eduplatform; the implementation of techniques learned at outside workshops and conferences; gaming technology such as Second Life and Study Island; tools such as VoiceThread, podcasting, and United Streaming; and Web 2.0 tools including wikis, blogs, and social bookmarkingthe 1:1 traditional high school were offered a total of 195 hours of professional development by their school or district on topics such as Microsoft Office; SmartBoards; website design; assessment tools such as clickers or ClassScapes; and photo editing. Like the 1:1 ECHS, the traditional high school held professional development regarding classroom management and monitoring software.


  • 1. Initial Results from North Carolina’s 1:1 Learning Initiative Pilot
    Jessica D. Huff
    Jennifer Tingen
  • 2. A 1907 Learning Ecology
  • 3. A 2002 Learning Ecology
  • 4. A New Learning Ecology?
  • 5. Overview: Requirements for Success
    Committed school and district leadership teams made up of instructional, curriculum, technology, and administrative leaders;
    Updated curriculum, teaching methods, and assessments that incorporate 21st century skills as central goals;
    Professional development and ongoing support for teachers as they reshape and update teaching practices and curriculum content;
    School-based staff who provide instructional support for the use of technology to enhance learning and technical support to ensure that the technology is reliable and up-to-date;
  • 6. Overview: Requirements for Success
    High bandwidth connectivity to the school and sufficient wireless connectivity throughout the school;
    A laptop computer for each student, teacher, and administrator;
    Technology tools in each classroom, such as productivity software, printers, projectors, digital white boards, document cameras, digital cameras, and curriculum specific resources;
    Strategies for ensuring student safety and appropriate use of computers in accord with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), while still enabling teacher and student access to a wide range of information and communication resources.
  • 7. Evaluation: Research Design
    Matched Group Design
    Comparisons of the 1:1 pilot schools to comparable, non-1:1 schools.
  • 8. Evaluation: Research Design
  • 9. Y1 Evaluation Results: Good progress on implementation of infrastructure
    Connectivity to the school
    Wireless network within the school
    Hiring technology support staff
    Hardware and software resources
    School policies and procedures
    Software images
    Parent information sessions
    Professional Development
  • 10. Y2 Evaluation Results: Good progress on professional development
    National and State Education Technology Conferences
    Face-to-Face Friday Institute Professional Development
    Friday Institute Online Workshops
    Locally –Supported Professional Development
  • 11. Y2 Evaluation Results: Teacher use of technology has increased
    Planning and Managing Instruction
    Innovative Instructional Strategies
    Across all Major Core Content Areas
  • 12. Using Technology Across all Major Core Content Areas
    Percent of 1:1 (n = 611; 550) and Non-1:1 (n = 448; 695) students reporting daily use of laptops/computers in various classes.
  • 13. Using Technology for Innovative Learning Activities
    Percent of 1:1 students reporting daily use of laptops/computers in various learning activities in April 2008 (T1, n = 544; 451) and September 2008 (T2, n = 703; 675)
  • 14. Using Technology for Development of 21st Century Skills
    Percent of 1:1 (n = 760; 607) and Non-1:1 (n = 576; 741) students reporting agreement with various statements about their development of 21st century skills.
  • 15. Use of Technology and Student Engagement
    Percent of 1:1 high school classrooms observed in which 100% of students showed positive student engagement in April 2008 (T1, n = 46) and September 2008 (T2, n = 41).
  • 16. 1:1 Evaluation Results: Lessons Learned
  • 17. Infrastructure
    • Wireless access points
    Some schools reported needing double the amount of wireless routers than initially thought
    • Secure server
    • 18. Core classroom equipment
    • 19. Laptop storage/transport
  • Selecting Machines
    Schools reported almost no loss or theft of laptops and limited breakage except for the tablet-style PCs
    Plans need to be in place for smooth replacement of machines in need of repair
    Loaner laptops
    Network backup of teacher and student work
  • 20. Personnel
    Onsite technology facilitator
    Help teachers and students use technology to improve learning
    Onsite technician
    Help teachers and students troubleshoot
    Student Tech Team
    Enables quick assistance and tech-savvy students opportunities to share their expertise
  • 21. Professional Development
    Ongoing PD is essential
    Teachers are eager to not only learn how to use technology, but they also want to see models of how to effectively integrate technology
    Regularly survey staff for PD needs/requests
    Ask staff to evaluate PD experiences
  • 22. Professional Development
    Provide opportunities for large blocks of planning time and collaboration among teachers
    Utilize the 1:1 technology to provide training and support for teachers
    Include parents, students, and community in PD plans
  • 23. Policies and Procedures
    Ensure same policies/consequences are applied the same way in every classroom
    Must keep students safe while also enabling the use of educationally appropriate digital resources
    Consider allowing teachers to unblock sites
    Insist that teachers learn to monitor student use
    Encourage teachers to decide when it is appropriate to use or not use the laptops
  • 24. Policies and Procedures
    Provide training on Acceptable Use Policy for students, teachers, administrators, and parents
    Provide district-managed insurance policies for laptops
    Consider asking families for nominal fee
    Plans for laptop imaging, maintenance, storage, and distribution
  • 25. Promote Innovative Leadership
    Consistent, supportive, distributive leadership promotes adoption and buy-in
    Teachers emphasized the importance of:
    Supporting teacher PD
    Reasonable expectations for effective technology integration
    Modeling technology use
    Readily addressing instructional and technical needs
    Communicating commitment to the purpose of the 1:1 learning initiative