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Is 1 to 1 Technology the Answer?

Is 1 to 1 Technology the Answer-1One-to-one technology offers educators a chance to address some of the problems plaguing classrooms across the country. As these initiatives were rolled out, the question of classroom performance was consistently raised.

Is 1-to-1 technology the answer to the educational gaps plaguing American education? While the jury may still be out to some degree on that question, there is evidence that 1-to-1 is beneficial to schools. With hundreds of initiatives being launched in schools, the positive effects of 1-to-1 can be examined.

The Texas Study

In the eTxTip report, the results of the Technology Immersion Project (TIP) were analyzed. TIP integrated technology into the classrooms of 21 Texas schools. Each student and teacher received a mobile device as well as access to educational software.

The major findings of the report included the advantages of 1-to-1 in education. Among the chief findings in the report were:

Students Gained Access to Challenging Material

One-to-one technology has the potential to deepen student intellectual experience. Students in the immersion school were shown to have received instruction that favored Higher Order Thinking more often.

Technology in the classroom allows students to connect more deeply with their learning. This helps combat the problem of disengagement among students.

Students Became More Technologically Proficient

Students from economically challenged circumstances greatly benefited from 1-to-1 technology. During the program, this group of students became just as proficient in technology as their more advantaged peers.

Other reports and studies have found that 1-to-1 initiatives have the potential to create positive change in schools. Districts that have rolled out 1-to-1 technology programs in the past have found the following benefits:

  • Cost Savings – Schools save on the costs associated with books, paper, and printing.
  • Disciplinary Action – The presence of one-to-one technology in TIP schools was linked to lower rates of disciplinary action.
  • Collaboration – The students taking part in the TIP program were found to participate more in small groups. Along with more frequent laptops used, the more students had increased interaction with peers.

What Made The Difference in Success

The schools that were the most successful in their initiatives had the advantages of:

  • Having technology uniformly present
  • Teacher training
  • The use of technology for student collaboration

More importantly, the school community had been engaged. Teachers bought into the potential benefits of 1-to-1. Those teachers then saw the need to commit to the project and the success of students.

When technology is implemented properly, higher classroom achievement is seen. Also, some of the chronic problems of the classroom are improved. In some districts, students were more engaged, had higher test scores in key subjects, and became more tech literate.

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Will 1 to 1 Technology and Bring Your Own Device Increase Student Engagement?

Will 1 to 1 Technology and Bring Your Own Device Increase Student Engagement_Technology is no stranger within the classroom these days. College professors frequently make use of clickers that allow them to electronically poll students for a pop quiz or find that one student willing to answer a question in a massive auditorium of freshmen.

Teachers have been showing movies to educate for decades. The Internet now offers a much wide selection of quality material at low prices.

Is there a place for technology in the classroom?

A 2003 study showed 87% of teachers believe computers can offer improvements in the classroom. At the same time, there is the issue of motivating students who are disinterested in classroom participation. Now, schools look to classroom technology to improve learning.

Both one-to-one technology and bring your own device (BYOD) programs make use of personal electronic devices and learning software. These devices enhance the learning experience with the core difference being how those devices are acquired.

What is 1:1?

In one-to-one, the school purchases and assigns devices (computers, tablets) to students. Sometimes restricting use to the classroom and other times allowing students to take the devices home.

What is BYOD?

In a BYOD program, the student has to bring a compatible device of their own. One of the underlying issues with BYOD programs will be the students who cannot afford to purchase their own devices. Particularly for courses that require more computational power than you would find in a relatively new smartphone.

Without a supplemental program to provide devices, these students will be unable to participate in activities that require them thereby reducing their engagement in classroom activities.

Will devices help our kids learn?

Assuming the school can ensure all students are able to participate in the program, the potential student engagement seems to be complementary to traditional learning methods.

Once students and teachers are both comfortable with the learning medium, it opens up a host of options that aren’t available in a paper format. Students can access Internet resources and applications that teach, test, and track quiz results. Eliminating the need for teachers to spend time passing out and grading assessment tests, a common source of classroom stress.

Conversely, if device-based learning goes as far as online courses or devices overtake the classroom’s curriculum, losing the physical school community can disengage students. It will be difficult for teachers to understand and help their students. Although online courses do make it easier for students to access their lessons.

Additional impacts of 1:1 learning

With digital books, the student will carry less weight. A day’s schedule of books can easily weigh 30 pounds or more.

The impact of switching to screens over paper for reading material is still undergoing scientific study. There may be a small performance reduction for students who were used to paper learning before the introduction of primarily screen-based learning programs.

Conclusion

E-learning is helping students across educational all levels and socioeconomic spectrums as long as it’s implemented along with traditional learning methods. Special attention must be paid to students having trouble with the transition.

Administrators and teachers have to work together to develop a curriculum. Blending e-learning with tried and true methods already in place if they wish to create a successful one-to-one learning program. Have a need for more effective management and communication within your 1:1 program? Our software and system can help you gain efficiencies while saving costs. Contact us today.