Monday, April 13, 2009

Lessons for One to One Learning

Recently teachers in my One to One Learning Community of Practice presented lessons they had created to incorporate ubiquitous computing. I streamed the session on Mogulus, and Mike Dronen, the Technology Coordinator from Stillwater, Minnesota listened in.
After all had presented, he asked via the chat:

"Do any of these lessons require one to one access?"

After some reflection, we thought that only one would not be possible without 1:1 access. The others could be done in a lab, or without each student needing access to a computer.
The goal of the cohort was to create an integrated lesson or unit that took advantage of One to One access. Our plan is to use these lessons with students in the fall.
While doing research on one to one lessons, we found information, developed by Ruben Puentedura outlining levels of technology integration. While Dronen's question was comparing a lesson in a one to one environment vs. a lesson in a classroom without one to one, I think the chart provides a good model of what integration can do. For lessons to be truly transformational, they need to approach Level 4.

I am still trying to figure out whether the it is necessary for the lesson to require 1:1 to be a good 1:1 lesson. I think the key is the essential questions that they answer and the collaborative inquiry they inspire. I invite you to view the lessons here, and comment on which level you think they reach, and whether or not ubiquitous access is essential to making them good integrated lessons.
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