One:One Computer Strategies, Tips & Tricks

East Canton High School 6/4/2014

Anthony Luscre 

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Ideally, What It Should Not Be:

  1. A way to read electronic copies of traditional textbooks
  2. A way to save on copying traditional worksheets
  3. A distraction from learning
  4. A replacement for paper notebooks
  5. A single tool for all tasks
  6. A “baby-sitter”


Ideally, What It Should Be:

  1. Create a 21st Century learning environment for both students/teachers
  2. “Multimedia”- Pictures, Video, Audio, etc.
  3. Interactive Manipulation or Simulation of Concepts
  4. Create more personalized and interactive learning opportunities for all students
  5. Make students more independent learners (Autodidacticism*)
  6. Increased Collaborative and Peer-to-Peer Instruction and learning
  7. Make instruction more relevant to the student learner.
  8. Increase student achievement for all groups of students.
  9. 24/7 Anywhere Learning Available
  10. Better use of data to inform instructional practices.

*Autodidacticism (also autodidactism) or self-education is self-directed learning that is related to but different from informal learning. Informal learning is more trial-and-error based or learning by experience. Although autodidacticism can include components of informal learning, it also should include ability to find and use instructional materials (recently, often including advanced web searching skills), evaluation/curation of found information, critical reading of primary source materials, problem solving and analysis. Ideally autodidactic learners should be able to display proficiency using one or more variety of assessments- Peer Instruction (One3- See One, Do One, Teach One), Creation of Instructional Materials (Written Text, Presentations- Visual, Audio or Video, Visual Depiction of Process or Results- Mind Maps, Flow Charts, Graphs, etc.), Tradition Testing, etc.)

Tips & Tricks for Success:

  1. Make it easy for you to simultaneously see all or majority of students screens from a few spots in the room.
  2. Make sure you and your students know and follow your district AUP, but feel free to set additional Computer Rules for your classes the same as you normally would with rules for other classroom behaviors.
  3. Always have one or more teaching backup plans for unforeseen events.
  4. Use Online and/or Cloud based services such as Google Apps, Edmodo, Microsoft 365 to eliminate lost files, incompatible file formats, printing, inability to work from home, etc.
  5. Use a wide variety of teaching styles, applications, etc.
  6. Do not try to reinvent the wheel, find fellow teachers have done 1:1, online resources, professional learning network groups (Edmodo,TES, SPARCC Plugs Blog, SPARCC Google User Group, etc.) and share your own successes with others
  7. Make your students do some of the “heavy lifting”. As you practically reinvent the way you teach, there is a lot of work for you to do. Share some the responsibilities with your students through Peer Instruction, Student Led Teaching, Student Blogs & WIKIs, etc.
  8. To help your students become successful at classroom and peer-to-peer teaching:
  1. Provide long lead times.
  2. Create Groups for each assignment (you select the students to create successful groups)
  3. Model the teaching techniques you want them to use
  4. Avoid the PowerPoint rut, require the use of multiple or alternative deliveries
  5. Keep the rigor high (high expectations bring higher quality results)
  1. Have assignments make an impact beyond the classroom. Publish to the web, contribute to community publications or events, get involved with “real world projects”, etc.

Websites with Ideas:

  1. Irving Independent School District:

Irving A Computer for Every Student:Teaching and Learning in a One-to-One Classroom

Includes a large number of classroom example videos

  1. Technology & Learning:

One-to-One Computing and Classroom Management

Management by Walking Around- “As soon as you come near a student, s(he) shapes up. If you see a student off-task because of his or her computer, deal with it appropriately. Make sure you circulate in a way that allows you to see the most in one view. Watch for certain tell-tale signs, such as when students eyes are more fixated on the screen, or they are typing faster than normal, or their heads remain in a downward position longer than necessary. These may be signs of students off task.”

  1.  1 to 1

5 Strategies For 1 to 1 Classroom Management

“Teach­ers are excited, stu­dents are stoked, and tech­nol­ogy direc­tors are pet­ri­fied.  The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less includ­ing live streams from our class­rooms, social media at the hands of every learner, and every stu­dent becom­ing the smartest kid in school because she can search Google on her iPad. I am ener­gized that the promise of edu­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy — a world of con­nected learn­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and cre­ative design to engage and impact stu­dent achieve­ment — may finally be mature enough to imple­ment in all classrooms.  But before we start the parade let’s take a step back. Not every teacher, in fact, most teach­ers are not ready and will need sig­nif­i­cant train­ing to pre­pare for this world.  Fur­ther­more, let’s be real­is­tic in that this tech­nol­ogy can cause sig­nif­i­cant dis­trac­tions in the class­room if we do not craft a man­age­ment plan that ensures appro­pri­ate use.”


  1. The Third Time Is the Charm

“110 students using their laptop computers and LectureTools during class. I’m arm-waving at the front of the class. So who is on Facebook and who is checking their email?”

  1. Edutopia

3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in Classrooms

“Recovery from Mistakes- Learning from past errors also provides capacity for continued student learning. Here are two unique approaches demonstrating this method. Setting Goals- Teachers also have success by incorporating purposeful goals in classroom instruction. If students can be motivated into exploration and discovery in any subject, they will set certain goals for themselves in the classroom. Sequencing Instruction- Finding intriguing ways to sequence information is one method for promoting students' sense of discovery.”

  1. South Dearborn Initiative-

To create a more interactive, project-based curriculum with personalized learning opportunities for our students

“Goals  For the past year, our leadership team has been meeting weekly to define our priorities and to develop a coherent school vision and goals.  The top goals that have emerged from our work are:  

  1. Supplemental Presentation:

Stop Just Talking About 21st Century Skills, It Time To Be Doing!

A Dozen Things Educators Need To Do For Today’s Students