7 Edtech Strategies For A Recent 1:1 Rollout

Bryn Bonino
5 min readJan 8, 2019

Once upon a time, Good High School gave every student a Chromebook to take to class and take home. But the school did not educate the teachers on how to effectively use the Chromebooks. So teachers at Good High School did not show the students how to effectively use the technology. This led to many parents not understanding the value of the Chromebooks. And this led to the Chromebooks being used as paperweights in many classrooms. Then a Google Certified Trainer accepted a position at Good High School and….

I’ll let you finish your own version of the narrative. If you work in public education, you know that while this narrative may make you sigh, it happens too often. In this post I address 7 strategies that I would teach the staff of Good High School to address common issues with a recent 1:1 rollout.

(1) Show students around the Google Drive

No matter who students are, or when they were born, they should be guided through how to use the Google Drive. In addition to making documents, students should know that they can save in their own drive documents they’ll need to access. Once they do this, they should organize the documents into nested folders so that they will know how to reference the documents in the future. Students should also know how to search their drive if they know only a few keywords of the title. Finally, students should know that any Google doc can also be bookmarked for easy access, and it is possible to make nested folders in the bookmark bar in Chrome.

(2) Teach students how to use the G Suite site panel

As of August 2018, G Suite users have the option to turn on the side panel to give quick access to Calendar, Keep, and Tasks. Students should explicitly be taught the benefits of each app, and when to use each. In my 9 years of experience as a high school teacher I’ve seen hundreds of examples of weak executive function negatively impacting student performance. After students were taught to use the free tools available to them, I then saw hundreds of examples of students succeeding due to strong executive function skills. If you work in education, I’m sure that you’ve seen this too.

(3) Give students a “Tech Tips” cheat sheet

Bryn Bonino

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