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June 2016 Newsletter     

The mission of One-to-One Institute is to transform education by personalizing learning through universal access to technology.

We are proud to announce the initial results of the Project RED III research.

Below, you'll find a detailed article that offers an initial summary of the findings.  We hope you'll join us at ISTE, where we will host a presentation to further delve into the data. If you plan to attend, please see the information listed in this newsletter for details on how to RSVP. 

We're also excited to feature a valuable article, from our friends Thomas C. Murray and Phillip Lovell at the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the role of technology in the new education law, ESSA. 

Wishing you a summer of meaningful professional development opportunities, and, of course, plenty of relaxation to recharge for the new school year ahead! 

Leslie Wilson, CEO, One-to-One Institute
Michael Gielniak, Ph.D., COO, One-to-One Institute

Technology's Role in the New ESSA 
by Phillip Lovell, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for Comprehensive High School Reform, Alliance for Excellent Education, and Thomas C. Murray,  Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools, Alliance for Excellent Education
For years, the promise of technology has been realized in classrooms across the country. Finally, federal education policy will support such practice.

With the President's signature in December of 2015, No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The difference between the two laws is similar to the difference between the Commodore 64 and the iPhone 6 plus. Under ESSA, and based on feedback from virtually the entire scope of K-12, accountability systems will finally rely on more than test scores, and school improvement policy will no longer be dictated from Washington, D.C., as significant power has been returned to the state and local levels. Similar to NCLB, federal emphasis will remain on equity - providing additional resources and support to those who have traditionally been underserved so that all students will be prepared for success in their future.

A key tool in ESSA's toolbox is the support for the effective use of technology contained in the law. The law does not support technology for technology's sake - as low levels of integration yield low levels of learning. As research indicates, simply digitizing past practice will not accelerate student learning. The use of technology to explore, design, and create is key.

Announcing: Project RED III Results are in! 
Initial Research Findings
by Leslie Wilson, CEO of One-to-One Institute, and Michael Gielniak, Ph.D., COO of One-to-One Institute

The Project RED III results are in.  Over the next several months we will be releasing more in-depth insights into the findings, beginning with a planned event at ISTE.  Provided here is an initial summary of the findings, which provide the foundation for our further work in synthesizing and understanding the deeper meaning behind the results.
In 2010 our initial Project RED study demonstrated the non-negotiable imperative that proper implementation of education technologies was essential in raising student achievement and maximizing the return on investment. The results provided 9 Key Implementation Factors (KIFs) that most strongly influenced the results.  We further uncovered that through a full digital conversion, a large number of typical school district expenditures can be redeployed to offset the cost of implementing ubiquitous technology. Chapter 9 of the original research goes deeply into those discoveries.  Also significant was the finding that the lower the student to computer ratio, the better the return on investment.
In Project RED II we realized the need to examining the KIFs in action. Through a nationally competitive application process, we selected 20 Signature Districts based on their readiness, and their commitment to implementing the KIFs. From that group 17 districts remained committed to the three-year program.
The goal of Project RED III was to independently analyze relationships between the KIFs, student achievement, and the overall return on investment. Project RED enlisted the support of the University of Memphis, Center for Research in Education Policy to analyze the year-over-year data provided by the Signature Districts, as well as publicly verifiable data such as state test score data, dropout rates, etc.

Attending ISTE 2016? Here's an Opportunity to Learn about the Latest Project RED III Findings
The initial findings from our newest Project RED research, conducted in partnership with the University of Memphis, Center for Research in Education Policy, will be shared at the ISTE Conference, held June 26-29 in Denver. 

Project RED III Research Findings
When: Tuesday, June 28
Where: Hyatt Regency
Room: Centennial G, Level 3
Time: 10:30am

The research offers valuable insights about how proper implementation of 1:1 technology can raise student achievement, and about the potential perils when key implementation factors are missed. We are excited to share the findings, and hope to see you there. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to

About One-to-One Institute

One-to-One Institute grew out of Michigan's successful, statewide one-to-one initiative, Freedom to Learn.  One-to-One Institute is a national non-profit committed to igniting 21st century education through the implementation of one-to-one technology in K-12 settings.  Our mission is to transform education. We believe that by personalizing learning through universal, uninterrupted access to technology students will take ownership of their learning and maximize their potential. 


One-to-One Institute offers professional learning, consultancy, expertise and hands-on experience in all aspects of developing learning environments that meaningfully integrate technology. Based on the latest research and our experience in hundreds of 1:1 environments, OTO has crafted a set of best practices for leadership, infrastructure and instruction to help ensure that your program is successful and sustainable.

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Nothing Really New- But a Perspective on Ed Tech
by Leslie Wilson, CEO, One-to-One Institute

Computing technologies have greatly affected the education industry. Education technology history tells a story about society and culture. The main purpose of older technologies (i.e. film, cassettes and overhead projectors) was to 'teach'. The objectives of new technologies clearly vary. New technologies are powerfully linked to economics. The nation's prominence and competitive edge are challenged in a rapidly changing global landscape. A focus on the development of high quality 'information-age adept' works is crucial to the country's future. As educators implement more and more technology tools, it is important to understand this historical perspective. It makes us understand why 'meaningful' versus 'low level' technology application in the classroom is so important. 

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One-to-One Institute recommends a comprehensive approach when considering the implementation of a 1:1 program. This approach requires complex strategic planning and project management, as well as building sustainability and providing extensive professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, and all stakeholders.
Let One-to-One Institute guide you through their research-based method for creating sustainable and successful 1:1 programs. We understand that every environment has a unique culture and set of practices. We take a systems approach and create a unique plan of action with each school, district, state and country. Our awareness and engagement with the Common Core and, in general, all state standards, and online assessment expectations are embedded in our work. We invest in learning and integrating the organization's goals, infrastructure, culture, and parallel initiatives. 
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