How can 1-to-1 device improve learning?

With greater access to real-time information, digital learning resources, educational software and collaborative workspaces, students experience higher levels of motivation and engagement in their learning. Typically students experience initial improvement in areas such as organizational and technological skills, revision, writing and editing work. With the development of presentations and other multimedia projects, students experience subsequent improvement in analytical, presentation and speaking skills. Involvement in ‘virtual workspaces’ creates opportunities for collaboration and communication, improving relationships in the classroom through a greater level of interaction between students, their peers and their teachers. A networked environment, where it is easy to share developing work and research with peers and teachers, is the environment students will live and work in during secondary school and the future. Students working together and providing solutions to real-world problems will create links beyond the classroom and move levels of thinking beyond a simple knowledge framework to complex analysis and evaluation. Increased levels of learning both in and out of school with an emphasis on higher-order thinking, creative thinking and expression will be promoted.

How will the devices be used in the classroom?

The use of devices in the classroom will evolve over time as students and teachers become more familiar with them. For example, we may soon see a class where students create a podcast of their original poetry, accompanied by a soundtrack they have written and enhanced with their own digital images to share with the world. The device can be used to record and document information, then share learning. Staff and students will collaborate and use the device as a tool that develops the student as an information seeker, analyser and evaluator, problem-solver and decision-maker. They will use programs to create ways in which to communicate their findings and become publishers of their own work. The nature of the 1:1 environment is that students will have their device with them and available for use throughout the school day. This does not mean though that they will be used in every class. Like other learning tools, the use of a device will depend on the particular learning activity and this is at the discretion of the teacher. Activities that integrate with technology will blend with others such as writing, reading, discussion, debate and testing and students will find that their use of the device will vary from day to day.