Why on earth wouldn’t you go 1-to-1?

A computer in the hands of every student facilitates the evolution of curriculum to a student-centered, student-engaging, socially-collaborative curriculum. Having been 1-to-1 for 16 months, my faculty would say teaching without computers is far more difficult and the learning far more limited than what exists in a 1-to-1 program. Netbooks offer a powerful and affordable alternative to ubiquitous access. This session will allow us to explore the possibilities of a 1-to-1 netbook program.

Presenter: Elizabeth Helfant
Date: December 3, 2009
Series: Virtual Institutes

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About this session

This session is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and brought to you by Nancy Caramanico. Follow her on Twitter.

About the facilitator: Elizabeth Helfant is the Upper School Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Mary Institute Country Day School, a JK-12 institution with a 1-to-1 Tablet PC program in 7-12 that will will soon be expanded to grades 5-6 with netbooks. She has been a teacher for twenty-two years, ten of which have been spent as a faculty member at MICDS. Helfant played an integral role in planning and executing MICDS’s 1:1 program, using tablet PCs and DyKnow.

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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