Overview of One-to-One Computing

In a one-to-one learning environment, textbooks are replaced with laptop computers. Students have instant access to real time data and updated content and are immersed in a real-world environment. Teachers teach the state standards via online content and resources. They are also provided with more freedom in utilizing these different resources to teach the state standards. One-to-one computing is not purchasing online textbooks. Teachers teach directly from the state standards utilizing the vast amount of online resources and databases. Also, students have instant access to archived lessons and notes and can upload information to their teachers instantly.

What does a One-to-One Environment Look Like?

  • Laptops used in classes daily
  • The technology is used as a tool, but is not used 100% of the time
  • Students interact with teachers and other students as normal
  • Some work is done by pencil and paper
  • Students receive and send work digitally
  • Why One-to-One Computing?

  • Seamless integration of technology
  • Increase access and narrow the gap between those who already have internet access and those who don't
  • Current, real time resources
  • Increased motivation
  • Create students who are easily adaptable to changing technologies
  • Prepare students for "real world" jobs through the medium used
  • Empower students by providing them ownership of their own learning
  • Transform learning in our schools
  • Teach more closely to the Arizona State Standards instead of following a textbook
  • Curriculum Materials and Resources

    In a one-to-one environment the curriculum is the same; the tools and resources that you use to teach it are different. According to Matt Federoff, Vail Unified School District Technology Director, when developing curriculum in a one-to-one environment you want to, “develop a curriculum that is driven by state standards and to use resources, whether print or digital, that align with those standards.” Teachers develop this curriculum largely through websites and free digital resources. They also utilize Web 2.0 tools such as discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and podcasting to share information and to communicate with their students. Also, minimal online subscriptions can be purchased to enhance the teaching of the Arizona State Standards. These may include a learning management system where students and teachers can upload and download assignments, class notes, and presentations or databases that include current reference information.