1-to-1 Laptops

1-to-1 Laptops

1-to-1 programs are gaining popularity. In these programs, school districts actually hand out laptop computer to students, sometimes as early as middle school.

Our tips are a little different for this situation:

  • There is no need to reserve anything, but expectations remain—or are even heightened. Not only are students using computers, but they are transporting them. Do they bring them to each class? Most likely, schools will set some of these expectations, so talk to your technology coordinator.
  • Batteries don't last forever, and if your students move between teachers all day, chances all they will all enter with varying levels of juice in their batteries. Have a plan to plug in just in case.
  • It's amazing that students have these machines with them, not only at school, but at home. Try to find creative ways to use them for assignments. Think beyond typical paper assignments.
  • Be prepared to fight the laptops at first, especially if this is a new initiative for the students. Think through appropriate times for students to have the laptops out. Can they use them to take notes? If so, you probably cannot see their screens, so how does that work? Talk to your technology staff and other teachers about best practices so you and your students can find a groove in using them.
Last modified: Monday, 2 July 2012, 12:13 PM