Must-read K-12 IT Blog

Daily edventures


Becoming a Digital Citizen

"I was very impressed with the Immersion Training for the teachers and the OTO Digital Coach did a phenomenal job with our staff. The teachers came in feeling very overwhelmed about the new 1:1 program but by the end of the training, they were much more at ease. This training was essential to getting our 1:1 off on the right foot."

Sarah Wood
Technology and Media Integration Specialist
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

“I just wanted to say thanks for giving me direction with the Principals/Leadership team. I created a walk-through form to collect data, and the principals now have iPads to use to collect that data.”

Tracy Watanabe
Technology Integration Specialist
Apache Junction Unified School District  

“I am glad to see the evaluation shows signs of transformation. That is exactly what we wanted. That transformation has to be attributed to your team’s presentation of their knowledge and experience. Thank you again for your patience, flexibility and professionalism.”

Mary Lange
Ed Tech Resource Teacher
San Diego Unified School District

Developing a 1 to 1 Program

Home  >  Implementing  >  Developing a 1 to 1 Program

Developing a 1:1 Program

Investing in a one-to-one program is a substantial undertaking, both structurally and financially. Long-term sustainability will depend on clearly defined goals, detailed strategic plans that address every aspect of program preparation and implementation, and effective implementation of project components.

First and foremost, the  1:1 program needs to be focused on student learning, personalization and the most effective methods for the delivery of instruction.  A 1:1 program’s vision and goals will vary from district to district, but maximizing the learning potential of each individual student must remain the core of established goals.  District leaders can help ensure this happens by:

  • Providing ongoing systemic professional learning for everyone, at all levels
  • Being skilled in leading reform measures
  • Creating a shared vision based on research and best practices
  • Ensuring the use of assessments and evaluations to collect data that will be used to continuously improving learning and instruction.

Transformative leadership is another essential component to developing a successful and sustainable 1:1 program. District leaders must also address the following elements in order to ensure the seamless implementation of the program:

  • Cultivate district, building and staff leadership
  • Short and long-term financial planning
  • Expectation management
  • Infrastructure
  • Technology preparation, rollout and support
  • Communications
  • Policies

Of major importance in successfully engaging a 1:1 program is the community’s will to let go of outdated, ineffective practices to make way for the new.   

Contact One-to-One Institute


Map of U.S. 1:1 Locations - courtesy of One-to-One Institute/Project RED

Map of U.S. 1:1 locations

One-to-One Institute is an international non-profit committed to igniting 21st century education through the implementation of one-to-one technology in K-12 education environments.