Starting a 1:1/BYOD Initiative With a Formative Focus

You Have to Develop a Plan


  • Work with the superintendent, district treasurer, and technology director to create financial plan for devices.
  • Remember to focus on maintaining the initiative and how devices will be replaced/exchanged when necessary.
  • Work with different companies to see what type of financial deal you can get exchanging your devices when you are purchasing new devices.
  • Will your district use an “insurance plan” (students pay flat fee for device each year; school keeps money each year) for damage to devices? Needs to be discussed with stakeholders.


  • Work with the technology department to determine if your building has the backbone to handle the devices.
  • Goes hand-in-hand with finances. If you don’t have the infrastructure, doesn’t matter if you have the devices.
  • Plan the number of access points for more devices than your building actually has (a lot more!).
  • Know where the majority of your devices will be during the day.
  • After hours access to the school wi-fi?  How will you handle it?
  • Get multiple quotes from multiple companies.  


  • Create an action plan that the district will use to communicate the purchasing and use of devices in the building.
  • 1. Start early – begin informing staff first. When you inform the staff, try to have a professional development plan (how will they learn how to use the devices as tools in the classroom) in place so you can also share with them.
  • 2. Communicate with parents – have times where they can come to the building, see the devices, learn more about the devices, see examples of how the devices will be used.
  • a. Gather data from parents in the early stages to see what they are looking for regarding educational tools and resources. Explain to them what they are responsible for (device returns in same condition, parents assist in educating students on appropriate use)
  • b. Explain how rollout plan will work with the students
  •      i.  When students will receive devices;
  •      ii. Technology aspects students will be responsible for (digital responsibility,              chargers, cables, screens)

Professional Development

  • Make sure your staff has the same devices and software the students will have a year in advance.
  • 1. Bring outside companies/consultants to your district for some professional development.
  • 2. Use resources and staff that you have in your district to share their expertise with others.
  • a. Create regular events during the month where staff throughout the district can share resources (“App Share” – meeting where apps are shared, recorded in a spreadsheet, and distributed throughout the district.
  • 3. Staff needs to know what expectations are for the use of devices (Let the instruction guide what tool to use, don’t let the tool guide your instruction).
  • a. Embed this in the culture and make sure your stakeholders know what the expectations of the use of the tools.
  • 4. Model with staff ways the devices can be used (flipped staff meetings)
  • 5. Have staff share with other staff members how they use the devices and how students use the devices (used daily collaboration meetings to do this).

Formative Tools to Use in a 1:1/BYOD Environment

  • Make sure your staff is knowledgeable on formative practices.
  • Embed using the formative practices in the culture of the building.
  • Student response system that utilizes games and exercises for students.
  • Works on tablets, phones, laptops.
  • Teachers can get feedback (spreadsheets) from assessments embedded in the system.
  • Flashcards, tests, and study games make learning fun and engaging for students of all ages.
  • Easy to use for students and staff.
  • Games where teachers input the questions and time frame to answer - students use devices to select answers to questions.
  • Think of BW3's Trivia game!  Students get more points the quicker they answer the quesitons.
  • Get videos and add text/questions to the videos.
  • Share the videos with students and have them answer questions.
  • Mobile corkboard/post-it note board where users can add messages.
  • Gather feedback from students as a backchannel to see what students know or don't know.
  • Another form of gathering feedback from users in a backchannel.
  • Users enter in the pin/code to join the Today's Meet group.
  • Create multimedia presentation, share it with students, students can answer questions inside the presentation, and teacher gets data back from the responses.
  • Great to see where students are knowledge-wise in a class.
  • Students hold up cards, teacher scans cards and collects data.
  • No need for student devices.
  • Formative assessments with a scantron look; students fill in bubbles.
  • Data is collected and feedback is immediate.
  • Social media platform where students can enter information regarding any topic.
  • Focus on using "#" (hashtags) for chats; thread is used by a backchannel.
  • Have students create mobile apps about different topics.
  • Students will demonstrate what they know regarding topics at hand.
  • Create infographics where students can "show what they know"
  • Have students include so many important points in their infographic.

Using Video as a Formative Assessment

  • Video is a powerful tool that can be used as a formative assessment especially in a 1:1/BYOD environment.
  • Create projects where students will use Instagram and videos to "show what they know"
  • Projects should be detailed and creative where students get a chance to use the tool and tell a story.
  • Easy to use video creator that is free for the first 30 seconds.
  • Students can edit, add images, and add music.
  • Free service where students can create videos and add them to their channels.
  • Schools should get Google email accounts for students; You Tube is in Google Drive
  • Create videos that are free.
  • Easy to use and students can edit and add music.
  • Students can make screencasts to share with teacher and class.
  • Free and students can record up to 15 minutes of video.
  • App that is an interactive whiteboard.
  • Students can use music, voice-over and add images.
  • Share recorded screencast using generated URL Address.