- 1:1 is not just giving every kid a computer
- 1:1 is not just a method of increasing technology integration
- 1:1 is not just a way to save paper
- 1:1 is not a fad
Education has been stagnate for so long. Its an institution that has proven difficult to disrupt. Introducing a 1:1 initiative to an unchanging institution will produce the same results. You have to change the institution. You have to change the entire culture of your school.
What is 1:1? Its a springboard; a legitimate catalyst for big change. Pedagogy, assessment, daily schedule, length of the day, faculty meetings, course offerings, community involvement, professional development--every aspect of education can be revolutionized by 1:1, and its a good excuse to start a long overdue change. Obviously, all of these changes can't come at the same time, but a committee of stakeholders including teachers, students, parents, and administrators need to sit down, put everything on the table, and create a strategic plan to revolutionize and modernize their school.
What other opportunity will schools have to make big changes? I blogged about Greensburg Kansas who suffered an F5 tornado that destroyed their entire town. They decided to rebuild a modern energy efficient town where every building would receive the highest rating (platinum) from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Its not complete yet, but they have a plan, and they had a springboard. 1:1 is your springboard. Don't you want to have one of the schools that people talk about at TED? Why not your school? What are you waiting for? A tornado?