I've written a few ebooks (and lots of other things) for Microsoft over the years. You can link to some of my other publication on the right hand side of this website. My latest ramblings are on how you might use 1:1 Computing to Unlock Learning. As with all of these things it is a free .pdf download.
One to One Computing in education is the simple concept of every child and member of staff in a school or institution have access to a personal computer. Supported by the folks over at Microsoft I put together some thoughts on this based on my experience of being involved in a variety of 1:1 projects over the last five years.
The book is a free download.
Sometimes it seems to me that we have been banging on about 1:1 computing in education for years. Everyone I speak to seems to understand that it is an important paradigm shift in terms of education delivery and one that pretty much every system in the world will adopt (or try to adopt) over the next ten years.
As someone who has been involved in 1:1 deployments in schools across Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. It constantly surprises me how slow we are to join up our thinking in the UK and how quite often projects fail or are abandoned because the basics aren’t in place.
Born out of this frustration, this eBook (supported by Microsoft UK) is my attempt to get people thinking about 1:1 in a more joined up way. I’ll talk about why 1:1 is important? The types of devices you should consider, policy considerations, how to make learning exciting in 1:1 environments and some emerging types of classroom practice from other areas of the world.
I’ll also point you in the direction of free tools and services from Microsoft that might help you on your journey. One of which is the Partners in Learning School Research Tool that will help you perform a diagnostic assessment of where you are, so that you can in turn create an action plan of how you move forward. Throughout the book, I’ve also provided a list of key questions that you need to consider before any 1:1 investment.
Finally, like all the other books in this series – this is a book about learning and how technology can provide better outcomes for children and young people.
- What is 1:1?
- Developing your 1:1 vision.
- Policy and procedures
- Good teaching and learning
- Re-imagining classroom practice
- Overcoming obstacles and getting started
- Conclusion and next steps
You can view and download the book from this link and it is also embedded below: