Through increased access to technology, students can leverage learning tools that are highly differentiated, collaborative and experiential. The precise application of technology and quality instruction can enhance learning. Moreover, with increased connectivity between school life, private life and social life, mobile devices open up the possibility for new models of instruction outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

This page provides support to schools in the planning, implementing and sustaining of a 1-to-1 learning program.

Learning at Surf Coast Secondary College

Planning For 1-1 Learning: Checklist

The term one-to-one is applied to programs that provide all students in a school, district, or state with their own laptop, netbook, tablet computer, or other mobile computing device. One-to-one refers to one computer for every student. (Source:

"...the purpose of 1-to-1 learning is to create confident, flexible, self-directed, lifelong learners… At the heart of good 1-to-1 learning is equity to ensure that all students have equal access to technology-rich experiences, and simplicity to ensure that it is easy to manage and sustain." (Source: Microsoft)

This document provides advice on what schools need to consider to make informed decisions about 1-to-1 program implementation.

It provides information on:

  • Accessibility of digital technologies
  • 1-to-1 learning benefits for students, parents and teachers
  • Sustaining 1-to-1 programs
  • Sharing practices from Victorian schools.

This resource provides advice on what schools need to consider to make informed decisions about 1-to-1 program implementation. 

School Case Studies

Explore current research and case studies to see how other schools have successfully implemented a 1-to-1 program.

Supporting Resources


DET gratefully acknowledges the Queensland Government Department of Education, Training and the Arts in developing the Smart Classrooms@21 Steps to 21st Century 1-to-1 Success publication (21 Steps). We would also like to recognise the contribution of the Anytime Anywhere Learning Federation (AALF) to that body of work. This DET material has been significantly based on the 21 Steps framework.