3 Lessons Learned from Teachers on 1:1 Device Initiatives

I recently asked members of the Discovery Education Community who are involved in a 1:1 device initiative to share a piece of advice.


Here are 3 lessons I learned:

It’s ok to take baby steps. Issue devices to teachers first and give them professional development support. Then roll them out to students if you need to over the course of a year. Continue with professional development during the roll-out.


Make sure you’re ready. Can your infrastructures handle the bandwidth? A wise man once told me that you’re only as fast as your weakest element. Make sure those shiny new devices have routers made to let them shine.


Understand that this changes everything. Implemented properly, with meaningful professional development and buy-in, 1:1 device initiatives transform the way we teach and learn.


That’s just a few of the things the teachers had to say. They had advice about models of change and models of adoption. They shared specific experiences from points all along the continuum of a 1:1 device initiative. I don’t know where your school or district are with getting devices into the hands of learners, but wherever you are members of the Discovery Education Community are there rowing in the same direction. Why not join the conversation here on Facebook? There is a lot of support and advice waiting for you there. Favorite instructional resources for 1:1 classrooms is even a current topic.



5 thoughts on “3 Lessons Learned from Teachers on 1:1 Device Initiatives

  1. Thanks for a really nice post on the keys to consider prior to a 1:1 implementation. You’ve really highlighted how important the planning before the implementation is. Our district initiated a 1:1 in our high school without considering network. It paralyzed the initiative before it was remediated.

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    1. I hear about that happening often. I wonder why it happens so much. I think that getting buy-in to fund infrastructure projects before shiny devices arrive might be more difficult.


  2. What really spoke to me was ‘Understand that this changes everything.’ Yes! It changes not only how we learn and teach but what are students can accomplish with their learning. Now we need to follow up with that and make sure we are evaluating and assessing students (and teachers too) according to these changes.


  3. You found some great points in approaching this topic. Getting the devices into the students’ hands is just one part of the problem/solution. Our school upgraded the WiFi service this summer to allow for more student access to the new age of learning. There have been fewer issues this year. We continue to move towards the use of technology, but if the infrastructure is not capable of handling the amount of devices use, the devices do not help in the learning process.


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