Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Becoming A 1:1 School Interview Series (Rich Kiker)

As part of our 1:1 transition, I have decided to undertake a series of interviews with educators who have experience in this area.  I have come up with the list of questions below that I will ask the people that I interview. Please feel free to add any questions you would like answered in the comment section of this post.

Tell me a little about your background:

Why are you a proponent of 1:1?
One of the first issues that people bring up is the fact that they are concerned about students being distracted. How do you respond to this?
What about concerns about the cost of going 1:1? What are the areas where schools can reduce costs by going 1:1?
How can going 1:1 increase student engagement?

How will going 1:1 benefit students?
Any last comments on 1:1?

Thanks to Rich Kiker for taking the time to speak with me on 1:1!   Rich is a former teacher whose expertise in the area of technology and 1:1 allowed him to go off and start his own consulting business, Kiker Learning.

One of my favorite lines from Rich is his comments on the cost of not going 1:1. "If schools are comfortable with planed obsolescense then they should maintain the same course."


  1. How about a question on what is required of teachers in the transition? (Do they have to do anything different?... change methods? strategies? management structures, etc? What about teachers who struggle with technology? What supports are in place for these teachers, etc.?

  2. I actually see good teaching as being no different with 1:1 than it was 50 years ago. The tool box has changed but the methods, processes, and outcomes are (and should be) the same. Differentiated instruction, inquiry design, collaborative environments, choice in outcomes - all of these dynamic educational principles remain in tact and are facilitated more easily with 1:1. No question, there is a significant need for quality PD to raise the capacity of all teachers - not just those who struggle. We all need to develop into stronger, digitally-minded instructors to keep education relevant and that starts with powerful, school based training.

    If there are teachers that struggle severely w/ technology, then they need to get a great deal of attention from the administration. Teacher leaders/trainers, short weekly PD sessions, tiered support, co-teaching, etc. are just a few of the proven PD models. I would love to help more if you are interested:

  3. My students all jumped out of their seats (literally) when I told them that we have a couple of IPads currently available for use in the classroom. I asked my students if there are any Apps available for Foreign Language, and they all remarked that there are many!! Thank you, Mr. Larkin.

  4. Hi Mr.Larkin,

    I'm a freshmen, and this evening I was reading the newspaper, and I came across an article regarding school use of ipads. It's from the New York Times, and it talks about how other school across the country are also looking to invest in ipads for students.

    Here's the link-

  5. I'm sold on this. I signed up for the IPads for the classroom use. Once again, I'll have the students work with me collaboratively to get a wonderful lesson plan going. I'll practice on my IPod to get a better command of the device. Thanks again for the opportunity for hands-on training, which I desperately need. I'm willing to learn and explore.

  6. Thanks for all the comments so far. In regards to Teresa's comment, I think Rich answered it well. I think we all need to agree that there is no silver bullet with teaching, with technology, or with most anything. The key is to add as many tools in the classroom to engage students as possible and to offer support for students, teachers, and parents as we embrace the tools that are available to us so that everyone can share in the excitement!