Several poignant questions were asked during our Connected Learning workshop for 3rd - 4th year teachers. One of the most direct and relevant was...
After providing a summary of what I felt was a solid response, I said that I would follow up with our current 1:1 teachers to gain their perspective on this. I then posed the question to the students taking my in-district course, "Digital Tools for Connected Learning". These seven items were consistently given as suggestions for preparation for creating a connected learning (1:1) environment for students:
"What should we be doing now to prepare for 1:1?"
|Establish an LMS (learning management system)||NETS-T 2, 4, 5|
|Digitize content, establish cloud storage w/ sharing||NETS-T 1, 3, 5|
|Establish collection of web resources||NETS-T 1, 2, 5|
|Familiarize yourself with 1:1 hardware||NETS-T 1, 2, 3|
|Keep learning goals, objectives, & skills at the forefront||NETS-T 3, 4, 5|
|Continually ask “WHY?” when considering new tools||NETS-T 1, 2, 3|
|Build out PLN (personal learning network)||NETS-T 2, 4, 5|
There are likely others that we missed, but this would certainly be a good, working list for teachers to begin with. In general, our current pilot teachers suggested; keep it simple, keep it focused, don't be afraid to take risks, and become a model "learner".