1-to-1 programs are also known as 'anywhere, any time' or 'laptops for students' programs.
These programs provide students with personal portable computers to enhance opportunities for learning. The devices help schools engage the digital generation by nurturing individual (or 1-to-1) learning experiences.
Preparation is the key to success
There are many steps schools need to take before launching 1-to-1 programs. Most of these steps involve detailed planning and preparation.
Benefits of 1-to-1 programs
1-to-1 programs are an element in an international move towards individualising learning, which can increase independence and self-initiated learning in students, and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Students who have their own laptop computers have been found to take greater pride and ownership over the knowledge they create, with a flow-on to more flexible forms of schooling.
1-to-1 programs can extend formal learning communities to include parents, siblings and other people important in students' lives. Also, the programs may lead to initiating global communication and collaboration and develop creative expression.
Successfully implementing 1-to-1 programs
Successfully implementing a 1-to-1 program in any state school relies on an equal focus on:
- a strongly supported vision and culture across the whole school community
- effective technical infrastructure and support
- development of constructivist, student-centred pedagogies
- structured professional development for staff.
To maintain a 1-to-1 computer to student ratio, a number of Queensland state schools have implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOx) program.
BYOx is a new pathway supporting the delivery of 21st century learning and is a digital device ownership model where students or staff use their privately owned devices to access the network and information systems in an educational setting.
BYOx recognises the demand for seamless movement between school, work, home and play.
Help for schools implementing 1-to-1 laptop programs
To support school communities considering BYOx, a number of resources are available on the department's BYOx website.