Twining et al (2005)

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Twining, P; Evans, D; Cook, D; Ralston, J; Selwood, I; Jones, A; Underwood, J; Dillon, G and Scanlon, E with Heppell, S; Kukulska-Hulme, A; McAndrew, P and Sheehy, K. (2005) Tablet PCs in schools: Case study report. Coventry: Becta. (accessed 31-Jul-2012)

This report is focussed on Tablet PCs in schools in England. It includes 12 case studies across six primary schools, one special school, four secondary schools, and one project involving outreach work from a secondary school to a feeder primary school. It describes a variety of models of provision including:

Case studies of 1 to 1 computing in a class in one Primary school (St Francis), two classes in one secondary school (Cornwallis), and a whole year group (Year 8) in another secondary school (Invicta).

Lots of different Mobile loan models evident. Queensbury school for example made use of a long-tern loan to one particular student, while a group of 12 students were loaned computers for a literacy intervention. Cornwallis students could choose to leave Tablets at school or take them home. Wylde Green primary school was able to benefit from the loan of a whole set of Tablet PCs plus technical support, so were able to “try before you buy”.

Many of the overall messages are still relevant today, they included:

• needed to be introduced in a planned way that took full account of the school’s vision, as well as of the technical infrastructure, support and staff development, and day-to-day management issues

• increased the amount of ICT use and the degree of integration of ICT across the curriculum

• at some schools were used effectively to replace an ICT suite and thus free up space

• increased motivation, and hence were likely to have a positive impact on learning outcomes

• supported moves to more independent and collaborative study

• were seen as being more versatile than laptops, although the higher price of Tablet PCs relative to similarly specified laptops was prohibitive.