“I think we pushed past the tipping point (with 1:1 education) about 18 months ago. Today, over 21 million kids around the world are in 1:1 programs. It’s no longer a question of why should we do this, but how we do it effectively.” – Bruce Dixon, Australia
Bruce Dixon was first featured here on Daily Edventures early in 2012. I was struck then by the depth and breadth of his work in support of education innovation, and he certainly hasn’t slowed down since. Recently, Dixon sat down to talk with my colleague Nasha Fitter, Worldwide Lead of the Partners in Learning Schools program about the 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning workshop, which we participated in here at our offices. This workshop, created by Dixon’s Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation, is a framework for schools and school districts to envision, plan, implement, evaluate and expand 1:1 learning in their schools.
In today’s Daily Edventure, Dixon talks about the origins of the 21 Steps program, which has been around in some form since 1999. He also comments on the evolution of 1:1 learning adoption. “I think we pushed past the tipping point (with 1:1 education) about 18 months ago, says Dixon. “Today, over 21 million kids around the world are in 1:1 programs. It’s no longer a question of why should we do this, but how we do it effectively.”
Dixon attributes advances in 1:1 implementation to collaboration – some of which is enabled by Microsoft’s Innovative Schools program and the Partners in Learning network. “We have schools from up to 100 countries involved, in various ways, and there’s no other initiative… that has that reach,” he notes. “School leaders at times feel very isolated in their roles. They get some support from their systems and peers, but they’re always looking out for ideas from other places. You just see the energy that comes when we get people together in forums. I think millions of kids have benefited from that, and the ideas that have been generated.”
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with 1:1 crusader Bruce Dixon.
About Bruce Dixon
Founder and President, Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation; Director, IdeasLAB; Fellow, Education Impact
Bruce Dixon’s background is as an educator, educational software developer, business and social entrepreneur, and strategic consultant. With those experiences, he has developed a unique niche in building effective strategies for educational leaders and policy makers around the effective use of emerging technologies.
Current residence: Seat 40C on a Virgin plane.
Education: Could have been better; I’ve been working on it ever since I finished college.
Person who inspires me most: Seymour Papert
Favorite childhood memory: The Murray River
Favorite book: Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas by Seymour Papert
How would you define yourself: Strategic Education Activist.
If you’re interested in participating in a conversation about 1:1 learning, and hearing more from Bruce Dixon, go to the Hot Topics page on the Partners in Learning Network.