My youngest son is about to finish his Reception year at school (Kindergarten). This makes him six months older than the iPad, the device that arguably made one-to-one implementations both possible and desirable. The problem with this is that, if you are looking to learn about how best to harness mobile devices to support teaching and learning, there is still fairly little to draw from, as the evidence base for these devices’ efficacy and impact – positive or negative – is still rather thin on the ground, given the relative youth of tablets and thin client notebooks (such as Chromebooks) as a form factor.
Of course, we can triangulate good practice from what we know makes great teaching and learning, but probably the best resource for anyone tasked with looking into the viability and implementation of a one-to-one programme is the people who are already making it happen and who happily and selflessly share their experiences – successes and failures – online.
So, whose triumphs should you be seeking to emulate and whose debacles would you be wise to avoid? Let’s take a look:
|Mark Anderson||@ICTEvangelist||Former assistant principal and full time consultant|
|Nathan Ashman||@nathanashman||Lead Teacher of New Technologies, Saint Wilfrids School|
|Mark Baker||@say_mark||IT Services Manager, The Hastings and St Leonards Academies Trust|
|Dai Barnes||@daibarnes||Head of Digital Strategy, Oundle School|
|James Bowkett||@james_bowkett||Principal, Kettering Buccleuch Academy|
|Abdul Chohan||@abdulchohan||Director, Essa Academy|
|Daniel Edwards||@syded06||Director of Innovation and Learning, The Stephen Perse Foundation School|
|Zoe Elder||@fullonlearning||Executive Director, Clevedon Learning Hub|
|Nic Ford||@nfordteacher||Senior Leader, Pleckgate High School|
|Martin Holtham||@MHoltham||Senior Teacher, Guidlford High School|
|Greg Hughes||@deepexperience1||Assistant Principal, The de Ferrers Academy|
|Rachel Jones||@rlj1981||E-Learning Coordinator, King Edward VI School and author|
|Dominic Norrish||@domnorrish||Group Director of Technology, United Learning|
|José Picardo||@josepicardoshs||Assistant Principal, Surbiton High School|
|Matt Pullen||@Mat6453||PE teacher and technology integrator|
|Tom Riley||@riley_ed||Learning Technologies Coordinator, The de Ferrers Academy|
|Gavin Smart||@gavinsmart||Assistant Director, Clevedon Learning Hub|
|Ryan van Graan||@mrvangraan||Digital Strategy Leader, The Hastings Academy|
|Ian Stuart||@IanStuart66||Deputy Headteacher seconded to the Scottish Government|
|Adam Webster||@cagelessthink||Director of Digital Learning, Caterham School|
This list is not exhaustive, of course, and it probably misses hundreds of good folk whose work is just as good and who could just as easily be added to it. So, please, treat this as just a start and do feel free to suggest in the comments section, below, other people who you think should feature in this list. So long as whoever you suggest is or has been directly involved in a one-to-one implementation (tablets, Chromebooks…) and happily shares their experiences on Twitter, we will add them to the list.