Joseph Charles Atencio Barder | Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design | Mathematics Science and Technology

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In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Developing A Framework for Implementing 1:1 Computing in International Schools

Joseph Charles Atencio Barder, M.A. Instructional Technology and Media

In a world where children are more connected and learning can take place anywhere, anytime, schools have attempted many technological interventions to change their pedagogical paradigm. One of the more popular, and most recent, is the move to provide one computing device for every student in a model that has been dubbed 1:1 (one-to-one). Nowhere is this more evident than in international schools. There is still a paucity of research-based interventions, particularly in the international school environment, at the same time as no consistent framework for implementing these programs. The aim of this paper is to develop a framework for schools interested in pursuing the 1:1 computing model, based on three of the most well-documented initiatives to date: the Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative, Texas Technology Immersion Pilot, and the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. From these three studies emerge five, underlying themes that provide a basis for schools to initiate and develop 1:1 programs: utility, implementation, teacher perceptions/attitudes, leadership, and results. I operationalize these themes and use them to reflect on how they fit in the international school environment based on five of the top international school, 1:1 programs currently being implemented. Ultimately, I argue that 1:1 only describes a ratio, but when leveraged in the context of my framework, can be a catalyst for schools seeking to change the educational status quo.

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