Technology has influenced all aspects of our lives. Because of mobile devices, the way we communicate with each other changed, whether it’s social or professional interaction – and in some cases, even educational. Schools are now embracing one-to-one technology in the classroom like never before.
What is one-to-one technology?
When academic institutions issue computer or tablet devices to each student for the purpose of accessing course materials and textbooks in digital format, as well as the internet for educational purposes, they’re implementing one-to-one (1:1) technology. This practice is growing in popularity from kindergartens to universities.
One-to-one technology isn’t exactly new. Students already used desktop computers at school on a 1:1 ratio. But that wasn’t for every class – it was usually just for computer classes. Students still read printed textbooks, took notes by hand, and followed lectures on chalkboards.
However, the increase of portable devices combined with cloud computing has made it possible to do away with desktops. Now, students can use a laptop or tablet as a handy replacement. Teachers can do the same.
What are the benefits of one to one technology?
Aside from convenience for both students and teachers, 1-to-1 technology in the classroom offers other benefits:
Readies students for the future
Technology is moving forward fast, so students should learn how to use it properly at an early age if they want an edge. Academic institutions can instill that value by letting students see devices as tools for education, and not just for entertainment and leisure.
Connects with the youth
Generation Z are digital natives, so they’re comfortable using technology. They’re adept at using notebook computers, tablets, and smartphones. They adjust quickly to a gadget-friendly learning environment because they’re already familiar with it.
Even students sitting at the back of the room get immersed in a lesson when they look at a screen just a few inches away, instead of the front of the classroom. Some apps can synchronize and lock screens during discussions to ensure students are all on the same page.
E-books are cheaper than printed books, so students save on textbooks with the digital version. Of course, one can argue that electronic devices are expensive. However, that’s only the initial cost. Once purchased, these devices can be used again and again for a couple of years or so. And with the wide selection of devices in the market today, academic institutions can invest in more affordable – but no less functional – units.
Offers more learning opportunities
Electronic devices facilitate classrooms without borders. Students no longer have to be cooped up in a four-walled physical room; they can learn whenever and wherever they are. This makes it easier for them to catch up on lessons they missed, and study at their own pace.
Supplements traditional classroom learning
In spite of the flexibility and mobility one-to-one technology offers, it’s not meant to phase out the age-old classroom setup. There’s still something to be said about face-to-face interaction. What one to one technology will make visual aids and other learning materials more accessible than ever before.
When information is right at their fingertips, students will explore beyond the course. This encourages studying for the sake of discovering something new, and not receiving a high grade.
Is one-to-one technology right for you? It can be as long as it’s administered properly. Like all initiatives, it can fail or succeed depending on the leadership that oversees its implementation.
That’s where we come in. Positive 1to1 is a complete solution for 1:1 device management that has a system ready to help a school manage all the processes, communication, and training needed to efficiently manage the system.
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