There is no shortage of advice for effective use of technology in the classroom, but for the first time, Common Sense Media, a national non-profit that provides curriculum support for schools around safe technology use by kids, has created a soup-to-nuts planning program that includes resources for all phases of a 1:1 implementation. And since they’re experts in Digital Citizenship there are plenty of resources in the program geared towards on-boarding students for safe and responsible use of their new devices.
You can check out an overview of the program in this video.
Common Sense Media partnered with expert 1:1 educators to develop the program, which highlights best practices and lessons-learned and provides turnkey tools for schools to leverage. To follow are some of their key findings.
5 ways to increase chances of successful 1:1 implementation
- Take your time --
Take the time to envision your ideal program and how it resonates with your school’s mission and goals. Engage teachers early on in conversations that gauge their readiness and address their fears. They’ve created tools to accomplish this, from “teacher backgrounders” and “conversation starters,” to a tech-readiness rubric for technology coordinators to use for gauging school readiness for the hardware. See these resources
- Identify pioneers -- Identify your teacher pioneers who will be capable of taking the lead and modeling great practices in their classrooms. They will help bring along teachers who need inspiration or support. But also, make sure to meet every teacher where they are and take the time to provide additional one-on-one support for those teachers who need it. Watch this video.
Once your pioneers are identified, don’t forget to capture and share their success like we see in this video.
- Partner with parents --
“Building partnerships with parents is huge.” Spend time thinking about how you will communicate with families and make sure you create the channels you will need to keep them informed and engaged. Create a webpage where you can post regular updates on the program’s progress and create a Q&A document for that answers questions your school community members have. Common Sense Media provides tools for creating these resources for your community. Find the tools here.
- Find great apps -- Find the best apps to use in the classroom and spend time creating meaningful classroom activities and assessments that leverage those apps. Common Sense Media has curated a list of apps for the classroom in their Starter Kit of Recommended Apps. They curated workflow and collaboration apps that benefit both teachers and students. There are also other great curated lists of apps rated for learning potential available on the site.
- Take your time --
Take time during the rollout to onboard faculty and students for effective and safe use of the devices. Adequate professional development workshop time is key as well as taking the time to teach students about online safety and digital citizenship. Common Sense Media has created Student Boot Camp curricula by grade level for teachers to use as well as a Teacher Training Checklist that helps administrators plan their workshops as well.