Planning, Preparing, and Implementing a One-to-One Computing Initiative in K-12 Education: A Case Study of a School Division's Journey Toward a One-to-One Computing Environment for Students and Staff
Frischkorn, Donald Joseph Jr.
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One-to-one computing initiatives are becoming a part of many school divisions across the United States as district leadership analyzes ways to improve student learning and create 21st century learning spaces. Studying how school divisions planned, prepared, implemented and sustained a one-to-one computing initiative is an important step that school leaders must do in order to help foster learning environments that promote critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. The research presented in this paper came from a case study conducted on City School District (CSD), a kindergarten through twelfth (K-12) grade school system that implemented a one-one computing initiative for all students. A detailed analysis of archived meeting minutes, surveys, questionnaires, classroom observations, student assessments and interviews helped answer research questions that focused on the planning, implementation, and plans for sustaining the one-to-one computing initiative. The one-to-one computing initiative for CSD started with a vision created by the superintendent of schools that focused on developing an individualized education plan for all students. The vision eventually became the vision for the entire school division during the digital conversion. School leaders can use the studies' findings and recommendations to help guide them through the implementation of a one-to-one computing initiative.
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Providing an electronic mobile device such as a laptop or tablet computer to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade school system is an undertaking that requires a coordinated effort from the school division’s leadership as well as the teachers, students and other community stakeholders. Beginning in 2013, City School District (CSD) began the planning process for providing every student in their school system with electronic mobile devices. After five years of planning, implementing, conducting pilot programs and expansion, CSD has been able to provide all students in grades 3-12 with an electronic mobile device. This case study focuses on three research questions. 1. How did the school division implement a one-to-one computing initiative? 2. How has the staff adapted to the innovative change of a one-to-one computing initiative? 3. How does the school division plan to continue and sustain the one-to-one computing initiative? The case study found key elements for implementing a one-to-one computing initiative by collecting data from archived meeting minutes, surveys, questionnaires and interviews. School leadership teams attempting a one-to-one computing initiative can use the findings and recommendations from this study to implement a one-to-one computing initiative.
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