Common Sense Media Launches 1-to-1 Essentials Program

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April 9th, 2013

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This is a guest post by Katie Karsh, Program Associate at Common Sense MediaIf you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, please complete this form.

As a former teacher, I know how busy an educator’s life can be. When schools and districts announce new 1-to-1 programs, you may be excited, terrified, or both as you adapt your schedule, lessons, and expectations. Figuring out how to implement a new program effectively and efficiently can be challenging work.

We want to make it easy for you to transition to providing a 1-to-1 program, so we created Common Sense Media’s 1-to-1 Essentials Program. The program provides the necessary training, support, and onboarding tools for administrators, families, and, most importantly, teachers.

Customizable Tools

This program includes interactive and customizable tools so schools can prepare and execute a 1-to-1 rollout that is aligned with their mission, culture, and goals, including:

  • Teacher stories – presents teacher perspectives
  • Student boot camps – includes objectives, lessons, and activities to prepare students for using devices safely, responsibly, and respectfully in the classroom
  • Starter kit of recommended apps – identifies high quality learning apps to boost instruction, are just two of the turnkey resources that can be used to best address students’ and teachers’ needs.

Educator Experts

The content highlights best practices from 1-to-1 educator experts, some of whom helped with its development. Learn from the experiences of Don Orth, director of technology at Hillbrook School in Santa Clara County, California, which is in its third year of 1-to-1 implementation and Edward Chen, director of technology of the Nueva School in Hillsborough, California. Both offer key advice for a 1-to-1 rollout: invite in and collaborate with families, set expectations about using devices, and involve all stakeholders in planning.

Three Steps to Roll Out

The 1-to-1 Essentials Program includes three phases of the roll-out process: envisioning, communicating, and implementing. This phased approach helps schools think through and proactively address the possibilities and the pitfalls of adopting a 1-to-1 program in a customized and incremental way.

On a personal note, I hope you find that the program lets you make the best use of your valuable and limited time without having to worry about tech-related issues. The Common Sense Media team is working hard to find ways to make your professional life easier, because we know just how difficult your job really is – from our own teaching experience and by talking with expert educators!

Check out our 1-to-1 Essentials Program and let us know how we’re doing at

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