Textbooks, No. 2 pencils, and worksheets are the surest signs of a dated learning environment. New ways to incorporate technology in the classroom are are turning up at a rate comparable to the iPhone release schedule. For many teachers, one to one computing is one of the most desirable engagement platforms and means achieving higher learning outcomes.

One to one computing is an educational initiative in which schools provide a computer for each student. There are several approaches by which schools implement 1:1 programs — some campuses use carts to transport full classroom sets, while others sign out laptops or tablets at the beginning of the year. Regardless of how intensive a 1:1 computing program is, students benefit in a variety of ways, according to The Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment.

Computers in the classroom and at home complement project-based learning, while the immediacy of internet access allows teachers to capitalize on teachable moments. According to one study cited in The Journal of Research on Technology in Education, this grants wider access to educational resources and can foster improved dialogue between students and teachers.

Wireless campuses and 1:1 computing programs have the potential to transform learning environments as they continue to gain popularity. When combined, the two offer an unparalleled opportunity for collaboration among students and teachers.

To learn more about local schools that offer 1:1 computing in the classroom, contact Marian Catholic High School at (708) 755-7565.