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November 2016 Newsletter     

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


Welcome to the November edition of  One-to-One Institute's newsletter!

This quarter's newsletter focuses on the importance of pedagogy.

We hope you find the information valuable and informative!
The Brain, Pedagogy, and Student Outcomes
by Dr. Michael Gielniak, COO, One-to-One Institute
Our newsletter this quarter focuses on pedagogy, and I would like to thank Superintendents Leah Christman, and Ann Linson for taking the time to share some of their experiences transforming learning in their districts. Both of their districts participated in our three year Signature District Research Program, during which we followed 17 districts that used our research findings to guide the implementation of 1:1 technology. We had three primary questions that drove the research:

1.       What effect do the Key Implementation Factors (KIFs) have on student outcomes? Our original research identified 9 KIFs, but unfortunately, the sample sizes of the schools that had implemented the KIFs was too small to validate the results through traditional analysis. Therefore, we wanted to find a way to further validate our findings, and better understand the roll the individual KIFs might play in raising student achievement.


2.      Can 1:1 be cost neutral when taking advantage of the cost avoidance and redeployment factors we outline in our financial modeling chapter of the original Project RED report? We based our modeling on the best available information at the time from districts, vendors, and prior research. We found pieces of the model being implemented in a number of districts, but we were not able to identify any districts in the United States that embraced the entire model. We were hoping to glean from our Signature Districts a better understanding of what is feasible when attempting to implement the model in diverse settings.


3.      What new learnings or best practices were revealed during the Signature District Research Program? School districts are complicated systems. We knew that we had many bright, hardworking people in each of our districts, and that collective intelligence is far more powerful than the thinking of our Project RED team alone. Some districts already had burgeoning 1:1 programs. Some had experimented with other innovative education models. The one constant, however, was that every district had a lot more going on than just following our Project RED implementation guidance. We wanted to make sure that we remained open to all of the serendipitous learning that was going on in our districts.

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Focus on Technology Integration or Focus on Pedagogy Using Technology as a Powerful Tool for Transformative Classrooms?
by Dr. Leah Christman
In fall of 2012, Southern Lehigh High School, in Center Valley, PA finally implemented 1:1 computing, after many years of preparation. Shortly thereafter, we launched  Project BLUE Bridging Learning through a Ubiquitous digital learning Environment as a spin-off of being accepted as one of the first Project Red Signature Districts. In addition to implementing 1:1 through a systems approach as recommended by the research, we knew that there was a need to measure our work. We wanted to better understand the progress we were making in transforming our high school to a 21st-century learning environment. As part of that study, I chose the focus of my dissertation- Ubiquitous Computing: Systemic Transformation to 21st Century Teaching and Learning ( ). It was obvious that we not only needed to measure when and where technology was being integrated into our classrooms, but also how the technology was being used. Our goal was to transform teaching and learning to a more student- centered, authentic, and problem-based learning model as opposed to a traditional teacher-led classroom.

Today we continue to see amazing results in this transformation as students truly embrace and lead their own learning. So how do you do this difficult work? A systems approach is vital to ensure that everything is in place: the vision, leadership at all levels, professional development and curricular development, goal setting and expectations, community support, hardware, software, network capabilities, and measurement leading to continuous improvement.

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East Noble's Pedagogical Shifts
Benefit All Students
by Ann Linson
Five years ago, East Noble School Corporation began a technology journey by providing all students in grades K-12 a tablet or laptop partnered with a robust infrastructure including Wi-Fi in all buildings. We believed these devices contributed to our efforts of preparing students to be career and learner ready. How naive we truly were!

We quickly learned that vision does not become reality in a swift and painless manner. Our vision is to have technology integration become a natural part of daily instruction in a student centered, student driven learning environment where the vital skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication are being developed to ensure students are future ready.

As we all know, giving a device to students does not mean students or teachers will use the device to its maximum potential or dramatically change the learning environment! During that first year of integration, we had pockets of high level integration; however, we had more pockets of low level substitution. We were "ok" with substitution as long as we were seeing progressively more complex integration that moved toward our vision and goal of creating a student driven learning environment that included deeper levels of learning through analysis, creation, evaluation, and application of skills and knowledge. Substitution still happens today and it may be appropriate at times. However, students expect and are capable of so much more!

Pleased to Announce!
OTO is proud to be named by Tom Murray of Future Ready as one of the "7 Great Non-Profits Changing the Face of Professional Learning."

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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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Ready, Fire, Aim - Tom Peters - A Schools Primer
by Leslie Wilson, CEO, One-to-One Institute
Years ago, Tom Peters' urged leaders to 'act' to make changes necessary for success on the business front.  The practice of taking months and years to generate, design and implement inventive ideas is, to say the least, risky business if organizations want to be competitive in the market place.  My home state of Michigan stands as a painful example of having lingered too long protecting an outdated manufacturing system. The state continues to pay a high price though progress has been made

Check out Leslie's previous Intel K12 Blueprint blogs!
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School District Work


Dr. Michael Gielniak is excited about his new collaborative work to chart a course for digital transformation! South Bend Community School Corporation, Laraway Consolidated Community Schools, and Parkland School District are beginning their journey with him by putting culture and pedagogy first.


Check out OTO's Upcoming Events Calendar for dates.

TCEA 2017


Leslie Wilson, Tom Greaves and Michael Gielniak will release their new Project RED research report at TCEA on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Join them at their TCEA sponsored Leadership Academy session at the Hilton in Salon D at 2:30pm to be the first to see the new findings!


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One-to-One Institute Approach
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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