Reading Therese Mageau's "Stop Buying iPads, Please" was like taking in the biggest breath of fresh air and slowly releasing it so that a spirit of tranquility encompassed me. Weird, huh? Not from where I sit.
I, like Therese, witness the dramatic uptick in 1-to-1 programs--labeled such because of large iPad purchases and apps incorporation in schools. Note the phrase, "labeled such."
From Michigan's 1-to-1 program, Freedom to Learn, to our current work as the One-to-One Institute, and our co-authored research, Project RED, my organization works passionately to support the successful implementation of 1-to-1 programs in schools. This work is not focused on or because of a tool, device, or sexy apps. This work is about teaching, learning, and authentic transformation of the education ecosystem. It's about retooling pedagogy and teacher functionalities to create learner-centered environments where students are self-propelled through the personalization of instruction and learning activities.