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Dr. Alice Christie: Mobile Learning Experience 2012

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Coaching Teachers to Implement Student-centered, Technology-rich Instruction in One-to-One Laptop Classrooms

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Supported by an E2T2 Grant, a rural Mississippi high school adopted a comprehensive coaching model that guided teachers to use instructional strategies to encourage interactive learning, higher order thinking skills and engagement among students participating in a One-to-One Laptop Initiative. 


Learn how sustained professional development and one-on-one coaching supported teachers in a One-to-One Laptop school whose goal was to transform teaching and learning in eleven high school classrooms. Explore the online, student-centered, technology-rich lessons teachers created to prepare students to be collaborative, innovative 21st century problem solvers and thinkers.


The three major components of this model include professional development focused on:

  • high quality lesson design
  • technology as a tool to enhance a hybrid classroom
  • best teaching practices for one-to-one laptop classrooms. 


An experienced teacher/consultant provided participating teachers with on-going, site-based support in planning, delivering and evaluating instruction infused with technology. She also provided resources to teacher teams focused on:

  • Modeling instructional strategies for extending learning beyond the school day for the high school students awarded laptops as part of the One-to-One Laptop Program
  • Designing lessons that leverage technology to increase student engagement
  • Modeling learning experiences that were relevant, authentic and differentiated.


The coaching model used incorporates a model lesson taught by a master teacher, one-to-one mentoring, and side-by-side teaching in One-to-One Laptop classrooms. The objectives of this model include:

  • Teachers merging 21st century technology with grade-level or content-specific curriculum to create engaging and interactive lessons;
  • Teachers creating authentic, challenging classroom environment that allows students to become the “creators” of content using technology;
  • Students exhibiting self-reliance and personal accountability within their student-centered, soon-to-be-hybrid classrooms.


Participant outcomes of this model include:

  • Teachers working with a facilitator to plan an engaging lesson that incorporates current curriculum and 21st century technology;
  • Teachers and facilitators working collaboratively to facilitate the planned lesson to students using a side-by-side model;
  • Students connecting with engaging, motivating, standard-based activities through the use of personal laptops.


The coaching model for teachers, coupled with laptops for each participating teacher and student, has shown both short term and long-term effects including:

  • Increased motivation of students AND teachers
  • Improved performance/productivity of students AND teachers
  • Better collaboration/teamwork among student groups AND teacher groups
  • Improved self-management and leadership
  • Increased student engagement
  •  Increased capacity for change and growth