ERIC Number: EJ1017811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Reference Count: N/A
1-to-1 Computing: Project RED's Tools for Success
Hayes, Jeanne; Greaves, Thomas W.
T.H.E. Journal, v40 n5 p25-29 May 2013
Educators have seen the excitement and focus that students show when using digital devices. In hopes of increasing attendance, reducing dropout rates, and improving learning overall, more and more superintendents are driving their districts toward a 1-to-1 environment in which students take control of their own learning. The question is no longer whether districts should move to digital learning, but how they can do it well, what they should focus on to help students learn, and when they should adopt it. To help schools answer these questions, in 2010 "Project Red" conducted a survey of technology programs in 1,000 US schools. The survey was the first and only national research focusing on academic results and financial implications of education technology. The research shows that, if effectively implemented, 1-to-1 technology programs can lead to improved student achievement and significant return on investment. Based on those findings, Project RED has created a replicable design for school districts to make the best possible use of technology in a learning environment to help improve student achievement and offer significant return on investment. The Project RED research reveals that most schools' planning is less comprehensive than it should be. To help schools get ready, Project RED has broken down its research into advice and downloadable tools, which are available for free on its website. (Registration is required.) In this article, Project RED's Jeanne Hayes and Thomas Greaves walk educators through four crucial steps in preparing for a 1-to-1 program, as well as nine Key Implementation Factors.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, National Surveys, Technology Planning, Cost Effectiveness, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Models, Program Implementation, Access to Computers, Effective Schools Research
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