1 TWO 1 Computing: What are the characteristics of a good program?
1 TWO 1 Computing is not new—it has been used by other districts and states for years and is fast becoming an international trend. The experiences of others provide insights into what Richland Two needs to do to make its program successful. Most importantly, the focus must be on improving learning experiences of our students. Here are some of the key ingredients for a 1 TWO 1 learning program that works:
Professional Development—teachers know how to use technology tools to enhance learning and student engagement. Technology isn’t just an add-on or fluff, its part and parcel of how learning takes place in the classroom.
An emphasis on student outcomes—learning with technology, not learning about technology.
Planning—Rolling out computers for thousands of students requires budgetary and logistical planning.
Dependable technology—Students and teachers need to be able to count on the technology working for them. This means making sure that computers, bandwidth, technical support, maintenance, etc. are attended to.
Leadership and Accountability—At both the school and district level, leaders need to be informed advocates for the effective integration of technology for learning. Evaluation data, both formal and informal, need to be examined and acted on as part of an on-going process of continuous improvement.