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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 devices. One-to-one refers to one computer for every student. (Source: edglossary.org)


"...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)


- ​Planning and sustaining access to technology (1-to-1) -

BYOD advice for schools

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.