Jackson (2009)

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Jackson, L. (2009) One-To-One Computing: Lessons Learned,Pitfalls to Avoid. Education World. http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech197.shtml (accessed 22-08-2012)


Why?

Reasons most often given for impementing 1:1 computing:

1. Increased achievement. Though this is difficult to prove.

2. Educators say it increases engagement.

3. It fits well with project-based learning.

4. It broadens learning beyond the classroom.

5. It allows immediate follow-up to topics as they arise.

6. Students gain skills to integrate technology into their future.


What the research says

Some studies suggest:

1. Improvements in writing

2. Improvements in teamwork and interpersonal abilities

3. Greater teacher awareness of student pogress.


Why not?

Critics suggest:

1. It emphasises technology over learning.

2. It distracts from learning - classroom management issues.

3. Without support for teacher training, cost:benefit ratio of 1:1 is rarely worth it.

4. Without unequivocal evidence, schools and districts will look for lower cost/lower risk solutions.


The answer.

1:1 can succeed if:

1. There is leadership commitment and it's well financed

2. There is parental support for the initiative

3. There is access and development for teachers in advance of implementation

4. There is a very robust network that can cope with the extra devices

5. There is e-safety training for students and secure storage for devices when not in use.