A survey finds that over 50 percent of all teachers report that they have more individual devices than ever before.
The goal of classroom computers is to put one in the hands of every student; a one-to-one (1:1) ratio. More than 50 percent of all teachers across the nation now have this one-to-one, student-to-device ratio which is up 10 percent from last year’s numbers.
This is good news for students, according to the findings of a Michigan State University study which was conducted over the past 15 years. Providing a notebook or tablet to students resulted in better grades in English, writing, math, and science.
“It’s not like just providing a laptop to every student will automatically increase their achievement, but we find that it’s the first step,” Binbin Zheng, an assistant professor of technology and literacy education, reports.
How to Achieve Academic Success After Technology Deployment
In order for the technological devices to benefit the student, districts need the educator to buy-in to the new program, good tech support, professional development, and integration with curriculum. It also helps to choose the right device to give to the students.
A recent paper released by THE Journal advises that school IT executives need to create a matrix that matches and compliments the curriculum goals. They also need to match the students’ cognitive potential. Whereas a notebook is great for older students, it may prove to be too complex for a K-3 one-to-one program.
When public schools embarked on a one-to-one program, students overwhelmingly wanted tablets–things like iPads and Microsoft Surfaces, and other such devices. But many executives believed that it was important for the student to use devices that would better prepare the student for college and career life. Very few people outside of the classroom use tablets as their main, or even secondary device.