1:1 laptops- research dilemma

Sifting through some current research papers on the value of 1:1 laptops, took me back to Tom Reeves coments some years ago regarding the paucity of good educational research. And the difficulty of any ed research are the variables to account for- in the case of 1:1 these include: student age/ ability, type of device, use in and out of class, teachers capacity, subject area, length of study, IT infastructure and support, and access to learning tools and resources. Nevertheless some of the common outcomes cited in the literature are: improved information literacy skills (esp research), improved multimedia skills, and greater autonomy. This last point is one that is proving contentious. I’ve encountered parents this year claiming that constant access to the laptop was too distracting and alienated them from group activities (one parent even withdrew his child from an elite private school for this reason). But- whatever the research says one fact remans clear – we must equip students (and teachers), with the tools needed for C21 learning – and this can’t can’t be done via periodic stints in an isolated computer lab. Real tools for real learning.

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About thand

I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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