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Role of Teacher and Student in 1:1

Author: Trisha Fyfe

This lesson provides students with an overview of the changing role of the Student and the Teacher in the 1:1 Classroom

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Welcome to this tutorial on role of teacher and student in a one-on-one. In today's tutorial, we will discuss what is the role of the teacher in a one-on-one learning environment? What is the role of the student in a one-on-one learning environment? And how does a traditional environment differ from a one-on-one learning environment?

Let's start by talking about what a one-on-one classroom looks like. First, it's important to note that teachers really need to understand the technology that their students are using in the one-on-one classroom. Remember, one-on-one classrooms are classrooms where every student has a device. Those devices stay in the classroom, and sometimes the students are able to take those devices home. But each student has a device that the school or the parents provide. It's important for teachers to understand each device and what the students are using.

Sometimes this learning can occur ahead of time, with the students as a group or at times from the students. So this deep understanding of technology is important and this can occur in many different ways. The teacher may shift focus to a more student-centered learning environment in the one-on-one classroom. And foundational skills, problem-solving, and high order thinking skills are all essential to this type of classroom.

So let's look at some specific ways that the teacher's role changes in the one-on-one classroom. The teacher must become the coach, tutor, encourage students and celebrate their successes. This might look like having students access a class website at the start of class. Maybe on this website, we're celebrating students each day by listing their achievements or when students meet goals. Teachers must facilitate a deep learning, discussion, and collaboration in this type of classroom.

Using Google Docs to collaborate online is a great tool in the one-on-one classroom, as each student has their own device. Designing problem-based opportunities for the extension of learning might look like having students generate questions for what they want to research, and adding these to a class discussion board. Other roles of the teacher include instructing content and foundational skills. And that classroom instruction using various different methods, both online and traditional methods is still key, even in the one-on-one classroom.

Analyzing student data to make instructional decisions might look like teachers using online programs that provide immediate scores and feedback for their students. This way they can address needs and change things right away. Coordinating cooperative grouping is still important for that one-on-one teacher. Discussion boards and blogs can be used for group work opportunities. And the ability for each student have their own device is a useful tool in this.

The role of the teacher also includes differentiating curriculum. Teachers are able to assign various resources to use for learning material. As each student has their own device, they might assign students that are struggling one material or website. And another group of students that's moving ahead might have a separate activity to work on. It's important for the teacher to personalize.

Teachers are able to tailor levels for each student based on their needs, with each student having their own device. Assessing and providing that actionable feedback is still important. A teacher might use a website like Edmodo for students and teachers to collect data together and discuss and connect.

In a one-on-one on one classroom, students move at their own pace. They increased self initiation and ownership of their learning, collaborate. They're active participants, problem solvers, creators, and they are engaged. The learning in the one-on-one classroom is very student-led, taking away from that teacher-centered, lecture-based classroom where students are all doing the same activity at the same time. So much more collaboration and communication is apparent in the one-on-one classroom.

Let's talk about the roles of the one-on-one classroom and how those compare to the traditional classroom. In traditional learning, those immediate shifts in instruction are delayed because of the ability to assess data real time. Teachers in the traditional classroom have to spend time documenting data before they can sit down and look at it. Whereas, teachers in the one-on-one classroom can use websites and online tools that bring that data to them immediately, so that they can make changes.

The teacher in the traditional classroom is the only source of content knowledge. Whereas, in a one among classroom the students can inquire and take part in active learning, where each of the students has their own device to use all of these wonderful online tools. The available resources that are available in a traditional classroom can cause restrictions. Those one-on-one classrooms have one device per student, so each student has access to the same material, resources, and websites.

In a traditional classroom there's much less flexibility in the design. There's also fewer opportunities for support with online platforms. This goes back to the teacher being the center of instruction. Whereas in a one-on-one classroom, the students are taking part in their learning and guiding their learning.

Let's reflect by applying these ideas. What are the challenges in moving to a one-on-one learning environment from a traditional learning environment? This is a big shift for many teachers. So what do you think the challenges for yourself might be in this? Who can you collaborate with to find resources to support those student/teacher roles and what they should look like in a one-on-one environment?

Do you know of any peers that have taught in a one-on-one environment? Can they give you any guidance? Let's talk about what we learned today. What is the role of the teacher in a one-on-one learning environment? What is the role of the student in a one-on-one learning environment? And how does a traditional environment differ from a one on one learning environment?

These are all questions we answer through the tutorial. The role of the teacher in a one-on-one learning environment is focused on foundational skills and encouraging problem-solving and higher order thinking skills. The classroom turns into a much more student-led, engaged classroom. The students in a one-on-one classroom are able to move at their own pace, but they're also encouraged to take ownership of their learning by collaborating, becoming creators and problem solvers.

Thanks for joining me today as we talked about the role of the teacher and the student in a one-on-one learning environment. I hope you're able to use these ideas in your own classroom.

Now it's your turn to apply what you've learned in this video. The additional resources section will be super helpful. This section is designed to help you discover useful ways to apply what you've learned here. Each link includes a brief description so you can easily target all of the resources that you want.

Notes on "Role of Teacher and Student in 1:1"


(00:00- 00:18) Introduction/objectives

(00:19- 03:30) Role of the Teacher in 1:1 environments

(03:31- 03:58) Role of the Student in 1:1 environments

(03:59- 05:16) Traditional Learning roles vs. 1:1 Roles

(05:17- 05:46) Reflection/application questions

(05:47- 07:00) Review 

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