Box 400, 504 Main Street, Elrose,SK S0L 0Z0
Phone: 306-378-2505
Email: deborah.decaux@sunwestsd.ca

Why 1:1 Learning?

"We are living in a new economy - powered by technology, fueled by information, and driven by knowledge.“ (Herman, 1999)

21st Century classroom have been greatly influenced by what some have called a knowledge revolution. The rapidly changing landscape of technology has impacted how students have come to understand the world and how they engage in the learning process. Instructional practices in the classroom must meet both the demands of a rapidly evolving society and the needs of our digitally-immersed students, who see and experience the world in new ways. As Costa and Kalick (2010) noted “our students are in the 21st century and they are waiting for the teachers and the curriculum to catch up.”

The intent of 1:1 learning for students at Elrose Composite School is to provide devices for all students so that they can expand their skills as 21st learners and digital citizens. Students graduating into a 21st century world will encounter a very different place than the 20th century. Post-secondary and career readiness now means that our students must be proficient in mobile technologies and using these technologies to engage in creative and critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and multi-media research and sharing. C21 Canada: Canadians for 21st

Century Learning and Innovation (2012) identified the following as essential 21st century skills:

  • Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Cultural and Ethical Citizenship
  • Character
  • Computer and Digital Technologies

To prepare students for this world we need to change the way we think about teaching and learning. We understand that digital learning environments are prerequisites to 21st Century models of learning. Apple, Inc. (2007) found that students involved in 1:1 programs spent more time engaged in collaborative work, participated more in project-based instruction, wrote more and wrote better, accessed more information, and demonstrated better research analysis skills. Moreover, schools involved in 1:1 initiatives demonstrated improved academic achievement, higher rates of attendance, better student engagement in the 21st Century learning process, increased parental satisfaction with educational systems, improved teacher ability to prepare students for the 21st Century, and a greater ability to meet the changing needs of students, teachers, and parents (Winking, 2009).

1:1 Learning Goals

  • To position learners for fulfillment and success in the modern world.
  • To offer students creative, innovative, authentic, dynamic and modern learning
  • experiences and environments.
  • To modernized instructional, assessment practices and learning environments in order to prsonalize the learning experience and better engage students.
  • To support current instructional practices such as project based learning.
  • To foster the development of self-directed learners.
  • To provide authentic relevant learning experiences.
  • To foster the development of 21st Century skills in students and staff.
  • To create awareness of and practice 21st Century digital citizenship
  • To increase students’ productivity, success, and achievement.
  • Provide access to teachers highly skilled in 21st Century learning skills and research-based learning.