Rick Herrmann, Intel’s Director for Government and Education, address questions about how 1:1 can go wrong in schools. Among some of his major points are, what works in one setting may not duplicate well to another setting, one to one is more than just the device, and leadership, with vision, is key.
Without these elements in place, it is very difficult to have any initiative succeed. First and foremost, the learning process is the most important of any lesson. The device you use should enhance the learning process. As technology develops, students are able to individualize their learning to their needs.
Next, I have conducted research on numerous schools that have succeeded (and even stumbled) on transitioning to a 1:1 model. It is important not to just copy what worked in other places. It is important to see how things will work in your environment. The same goes for implementing technology into class lessons. Each classroom has different and varied needs that need to be taken into account for successful implementation.