Monday, April 5, 2010

My Badge(s) Complete - Iowa 1 to 1 Conference Here We Come!

I am so excited to be attending the Iowa 1 to 1 Institute in Des Moines on Wednesday with BHS English teacher Tim Calvin.  As the conference wiki explains, the purposes of the conference are as follows:

  • help Iowa's 1:1 districts learn about innovative teaching, learning, and administrative practices that are occurring in each other's districts;
  • build excitement and 'buzz' around 1:1 laptop computing initiatives in the state; and
  • help others who are interested in 1:1 computing learn more about how to get started and be successful

Special thanks to Deron Durflinger (a member of my PLN) who got us two spots at the institute after it was full. Deron is the Principal at Van Meter High School in Iowa, a school that recently made the transition to 1:1.  Thanks also to the staff at CASTLE for allowing some foreigners from Massachusetts to learn from all of the exciting things happening at high schools in Iowa.

Our goal is to come back to BHS and start a formal conversation about moving to 1:1 for the fall of 2011 (at the latest).  There will be a lot more questions than answers, but I firmly believe that it will give our students a leg up on many of their peers within and outside of MA.  

Finally, thanks to the BHS Digital Arts students for coming to my rescue in designing my badge(s) for the conference. After seeing Mr. Calvin's badge, I decided to have someone do my homework for me and you can check out the results below.  I will definitely be changing badges frequently so that I can show off the work of our students.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting initiative!


  1. What exactly is the idea of a 1:1 school?

  2. A 1:1 school traditionally has been one where every student in the school has a laptop. There are now places where 1:1 may refer to a different electronic device like an Itouch or an Iphone.

    1:1 schools are schools that alow students to integrate technological tools into their education.

  3. It was GREAT to see you and Tim in Iowa, Patrick. Thanks so much for joining us and for being fantastic contributors to our conversations!