PRACTICAL MAGIC: REFLECTIONS FROM GROWING UP IN A
1-TO-1 LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
For youth to be able to effectively navigate the contours of the professional and academic world,
effective communication, organization, and inventive thinking skills are a must. In addition to
enhancing student learning experiences, a 1-to-1 learning environment enables students to develop
those skills necessary for them to participate and thrive in academic and professional settings. This
chapter will detail reflections on valuable lessons and skills this ASB alum learned from growing up in
ASB’s 1-to-1 learning environment.
Sunanda Vaidheesh is an American School of Bombay alumna, class of 2008.
Sunanda has grown up in a 1-to-1 computing environment, piloting the tablet
program at ASB when she was in the 7th grade. At ASB, Sunanda was an active
participant in the Student Technology Crew and the Technology Leadership Team.
At the inaugural ASB Un-Plugged conference in 2008, along with her fellow
members of the Student Technology Crew, Sunanda gave one of the keynote
speeches. As a digital native and technology enthusiast growing up in India and
Indonesia, Sunanda has always been interested in the intersections of education, technology, and
global development. In an independent undergraduate research project, she has further studied
issues of digital inequality and access, in context of digital literacy development. Sunanda will be
completing her BA in Sociology and Global Development Studies in May 2012 and hopes to pursue
post-graduate study in educational technology and digital media design.