Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Updated 1:1 Resources and References

1:1 Support Materials-Updated 3-20-2013

Collected Support Materials for 1:1 iPad Implementation

Below contains my list-to-date of links I have collected to help promote, and hopefully one day implement, a 1:1 environment at my school.

Thank you to the countless people who share their research, work and journeys so that we can learn from their experiences and perspectives.

Obviously this is not a complete or fully comprehensive list (especially regarding workflow), so I would be grateful for further recommendation of resources.


  1. New South Wales, Australia- 1 to1 Computers in Schools: 2010 Literature Review Summary of Above: Clearly, as one-to-one laptop programs mature, improvement in student results in standardised testing is becoming evident despite the concern that these tests do not measure the 21st century skills the laptop learners are acquiring.  However, as can be clearly seen in the study of the Maine on-to-one laptop program (Silvernail & Gritter, 2007), the variation evident in these results indicates that  it is the way the laptops are used in learning that brings about the improvements in achievement.   Holcomb (2009) suggests that “it is therefore critical for schools to understand that simply providing each student with a laptop is not enough.  How teachers choose to use the laptops is very important.”  How teachers choose to use the laptops, in turn,  depends on teacher professional learning and support (Holcomb, 2009).
  2. The Journal of Technology, Teaching and Assessment- Educational Outcomes and Research from 1:1 Computing Settings-
  3. Learning with Laptops: Implementation and Outcomes in an Urban, Under-Privile...Chrystalla Mouza Journal of Research on Technology in Education; Summer 2008; 40, 4; Research Library pg. 447 Can be found at-
  4. Project RED (Redefining Education)-In 2010, Project RED conducted the first large-scale national study to identify and prioritize the factors that make some U.S. K-12 technology implementations perform dramatically better than others. Link to Research Overview-
  5. Blog with link to the Hull University Study of 1:1 program, demonstrating that “ownership” of the device provided the greatest impact (PDF of Study in Google Docs)-
  6. ASCD Analysis of 1:1 initiatives- Key finding: results reflect the strength of the school-
  7. US Department of Education’s Tech Plan-
  8. SRI International’s Report for the Department of Education-
  9. Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (ODEC) & Center of International Research and Innovation (CERI) 21st Century Learning: Research, Innovation and Policy Directions from recent OECD analyses-
  10. CASTLE 2011 Research Summary “Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education at the University of Kentucky”-

Case Studies-

  1. Systemic: Victoria, Australia-

Elementary Articles-

Help Desk Resources-

  1. T.H.E. Article, has links to two organizations that provide curriculum materials and certifications for student help desks-
  2. Generation YES- Student Supported Technology Intergrationfull-
  3. Central Falls (Rhode Island) Student Support-

Device Selection-



Tech Director’s Advice to Manage iPads-

“5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads and How to Correct Them”-

Questions to Answer Ahead of Time-

Burlington (MA)-



Software Needs?

Student Needs-

Parent Community Needs-

Latest PARCC Tech Guidelines (2.1)-

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Teacher Field Trip Destination 3/21

Rhode Island Educators- Please join us at East Greenwich High School on 3/21 from 12:50-2:00 for the first "Teacher Field Trip" (for background info on the idea click here and here).

East Greenwich High School teachers Mrs. Kristen Pontarelli (Spanish) and Mrs. Terri Garno (Social Studies) will share their recent experiences, ideas, trials, and tribulations "flipping" their classrooms.  Additionally, participants will learn about numerous free resources that will enable you to try own "flip". 

For more information and to register for this free session please follow this link Info & Registration Form- Flipped

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sign Up To Be A "Destination" For Teacher Field Trips

Thank you to everyone who read & responded to the idea of "Teacher Field Trips" (For general information click here.). 

Due to the number of interested parties, I am pleased to say that we are able to take the next step- solicit & confirm field trip "Destinations" for schools in Rhode Island.

If you and your school are willing to offer a last period "Destination" on March 21st during your last period, please fill out this Google Form (School Registration as a March Destination).

I hope to have a list of confirmed "Destinations" by the end of the week.

Please note that any & all schools in RI (K-12) are welcome to register as a "Destination".

I thank you for your interest and I look forward to sharing with everyone all of the great "next practices" that are happening in our schools.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Learning vs Schooling

This post has been a long time coming, and undoubtedly it will be modified. However after reflecting on- Sugata Mitra's recent TED Talk "Build a School in the Cloud," Chris Lehmann's "Why Education is Broken," a #EDCHATRI chat about Professional Development, Seth Godin's "Stop Stealing Dreams," and The Future of Learning in a Networked Society I'm ready to put pen to paper (or in this case, fingers to keyboard) and put it out to my PLN for feedback.  So here goes...

Why we must change and refocus education to be about Learning (A) over Schooling (B)

  1. Motivation
    • A) Intrinsic (joy of learning) vs. B) Extrinsic (grades)
  2. Subjects
    • A) Interests, curiosities and passions (What is important to me) vs. B) Requirements (Core subjects & required electives)
  3. Immediacy
    • A) Skills, knowledge and products I will use immediately vs. B) Stuff you say I will use some day
  4. Time
    • A) As long as it takes- any time, any duration, any day, any season vs. B) As long as you say it should take- schedules, bells, pacing guides, agrarian calendar
  5. Resources
    • A) What I, my family, my community can create & provide vs. B) What must be or can be  funded
  6. Internet
    • A) What and who I can find, connect with and create with vs. B) What passes the filters (or what the student can get past the filters)
  7. Purpose
    • A) To be, or become, the "ME" I have always expected vs. B) To get to the next "level" expected of me
  8. Professional Development
    • A) Adults modeling life-long learning & living the "A"s above vs. When the "B"s allow or tell it is PD time
  9. Failure
    • A) A necessary part of learning that I grow, learn and become resilient from vs. B) A label given, a thing to be avoided, and why I might think I am unable to learn
To be continued...  (Feedback appreciated...change required)