Dear Fellow Educators,
I work with a group of educators in a school that is not flush with resources (imagine that). Money has to be spent very strategically and I am determined not to make the same mistakes we have made in the past. Twenty years ago we put TV’s and VCR’s in every room because teachers and students needed to access the video that could be provided. After studying the use pattern, very little changed in the way of pedagogy and student learning. Five years ago we put interactive white boards in all but a few rooms. Some teachers have learned to use them very well, but for many it is simply a digital white board. I am not blaming teachers. I am blaming short sighted decision making and lack of support provided by administration (read….me, although the tv’s came while I was teaching). One to one computing gets a lot of attention now days. I have visited a few buildings where every student has a computer. I have not spent enough time in any one classroom to see if there has been a transformational change in student learning opportunities. To be honest, the classrooms where I have seen 1:1 computing, the activities there still seemed to be very teacher centered. (disclaimer: again, I have not spent enough time in any one classroom or school to make any kind of enlightened conclusion). What I would like to know from those who are working in schools that have implemented 1:1 initiatives is:
- 1. What did your district/school do to prepare both students and teachers for learning in a 1:1 environment?
- 2. How has student learning activity changed in your room/building?
- 3. How has teacher practice changed?
- 4. What would you do different if you had it to do over again?