Common Sense Media Launches 1-to-1 Essentials Program

Free, interactive program supports administrators rolling out 1-to-1 computing environments in any K-12 school

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, today launched its 1-to-1 Essentials Program – a roadmap of everything schools need to provide students with both technology and the digital citizenship skills they need to be successful with it.

"Tablets and computers are an integral component of a modern day education," said Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media. "But rolling out a 1-to-1 program can be expensive and potentially risky unless administrators can assess school readiness, provide teacher support, articulate their vision across the entire school community, and empower students to be safe, smart, and responsible with technology." To that end, Common Sense Media has leveraged educators' experiences, advice, and lessons learned to develop the "go to" resource for educators creating a 1-to-1 learning environment in their school.

Segmented into three phases, the 1-to-1 Essentials Program outlines best practices for integrating tablets and computers into any K-12 school – whether it's a pilot program or whole-district initiative. The program includes interactive tools to create an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), measure school readiness for 1-to-1 adoption, inspire professional development, and discover the best apps for learning, as well as a Q&A production tool with 30 pre-populated questions, a student onboarding curriculum, and an education technology glossary to help cut through the industry lingo that surrounds a 1-to-1 rollout. The program is built on best practices from successful 1-to-1 educators and features assets that are customizable to each school's distinct mission, culture, and goals.

"Technology that's well integrated into the 21st century classroom has the potential to increase engagement and inspire meaningful student-centered learning," said Dr. Mark Edwards, superintendent of Moorseville Graded School District, North Carolina, the American Association of School Administrators 2013 Superintended of the Year, and author of the bestselling Every Child, Every Day. "A plan that goes beyond focusing solely on hardware to frame the rollout within the context of preparing students to be smart and responsible with their new technology will ensure that it is the powerful teaching and learning tool teachers hope it to be."

Find the 1-to-1 Essentials Program at

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