Alexandra Ito shares how her district, Santa Ana Unified (SAUSD), increased access to students through a program called “Access for All,” a well-received iPad and Chromebook initiative. Through this experience, they developed a model for planning and implementation. Here are four essential elements of any successful 1:1 program:
Establish your vision
It is important that any plan to increase levels of access to technology to students does not move forward as a “technology for technology’s sake” effort, but that is integrated as part of the district or school vision for teaching and learning.
Provide opportunities for stakeholder engagement
One of the first considerations when planning a one-to-one initiative is establishing support and funding.
Plan for network readiness
Network readiness is an essential component of any one-to-one plan. All district-level Erate and all additional wireless upgrade plans were aligned to support the implementation of our “Access for All” initiative.
Build site-based support and leadership capacity
After district planning had determined the grade level focus for implementation and hardware and infrastructure plan, the implementation focus shifted to building and supporting site-based planning capacity.
Source: The Four Essential Elements of Any Successful One-to-One Program by Alexandra Ito, published in eSchool News