What impact is one-to-one computing
having on schools nationwide?
What are the factors that determine
successful outcomes? And how
affordable are such programs in the
long run? These are the questions
that Project RED, a research team
headed by the One-to-One Institute
and the authors of the America’s
Digital Schools reports, set out to
answer through an extensive survey
of U.S. schools.
Project RED surveyed principals and
technology coordinators at 997 schools
that are representative of U.S. education
in terms of enrollment, geography,
poverty level, and ethnicity. The Project
RED Team announced its findings at the
ISTE 2010 conference in June.
Overall, the study found that
schools with a 1:1 student-tocomputer
ratio outperform non-
1:1 schools on academic as well as
What follows is three key best
practices found in the successful 1:1
programs of the schools surveyed:
• Daily implementation in all classes:
The most significant improvements were
found in settings where technology was
included in intervention classes. In fact,
the researchers found that technologyinfused
interventions (ELL, Title I, special
ed, and reading intervention) were
the top model predictor of improved
high-stakes test scores, dropout-rate
reduction, and improved discipline.
Daily use of technology in core classes,
for students at all levels of ability, is the
third most important factor.
• A school principal who leads
change management: Principal
leadership is the second most
significant factor in reducing dropout
rates and the single most important
variable across several of the other
education success measures.
• The use of games/simulations
and social media: The Project RED
researchers cite the use of Web
2.0 games and social media for
collaboration, mentoring, and student
engagement as yet another element of
a successful program.
The Project RED team is making
information on best practices available
at no cost at its Web site (www.
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