Sunday, October 31st, 2010 | Computer Usage
It is not easy to prove that one to one computing increases learner achievement. Much of the research pointing to positive results has been conducted by computer manufacturers – nay-sayers claim that these studies are biased.
Teachers who have experienced positive outcomes offer anecdotal evidence of an improved classroom experience when each child is given a computing device. Let’s look at a few examples:
In schools troubled by absenteeism and disinterested learners, a present and engaged learner is the type of learner to have. Many teachers report that one to one computing grabs the interest of learners, leading to improved class attendance and involvement.
Unexpected teaching moments arise when a learner asks an intriguing question, or something eventful happens in the world around us. When each learner in the class has access to a computer, as well as the internet, a teacher can lead the class in the search for information sources, investigate the facts and help learners to reach conclusions. In the process learners learn the valuable skill of finding and evaluating information.
Learners with a restricted world view are helped to expand the borders of their experience. They can observe world news on the other side of the globe as it happens; they can also discover the wonders of faraway places and ancient worlds.
When learners engage with written material and interact with it, their ability to read and write must improve. One to one computing does not only have a beneficial impact on basic literacy – being able to read and write – but also on the new literacies demanded by the twenty-first century. Since much of the material learners access is in the form of images, they will develop visual literacy and media literacy skills; and since they’re using computers on a daily basis you can imagine what one to one computing will do for their digital literacy skills!
With one to one computing, never will a child be able to say: “The dog ate my homework.”
None of these positive results happens by itself – the success of one to one computing depends on the ability of the teacher to harness ubiquitous technology as a tool for teaching and learning.
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