Stage 2 of the research involved an evaluation study on whether it was feasible to give 1:1 tablets to every child. The study also examined the impact of tablets in the classroom. The results (see below) confirmed the benefits observed in Stage 1. In addition, parents were more engaged with learning. Schools also identified challenges such as distraction, and the need for effective training.
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Benefits of Tablets
- Teachers could adapt teaching style to individual students.
- SEN students more engaged and able to learn with the rest of the class.
- Teachers could monitor progress more effectively.
- Improved student, teacher and parent engagement with learning.
- Increase in independent learning.
- Increased collaboration.
“My brother has struggled in the past but the iPad has helped him with homework. If he didn’t have the iPad he wouldn’t have taken everything down off the board.” - Student
“They can get feedback and then make improvements based on that feedback, as it is much easier to share work or even the screen.” - Assistant Head Teacher
Issues Surrounding Tablets
- Infrastructure. Schools were concerned about their expertise around, for example, Wi-Fi.
- Reliable Educational Content. Teachers continued to customise and create new material.
- Distraction for around 5% of students. However, teachers recommended clear rules, and classroom management.
- Training and Preparation: Strong leadership, device champions, and parent consultation evenings helped.
“You’re working, and then all of a sudden this thing pops up: ‘[Friend] is on iMessage’ – you’ll just want to join in.” - Student
“…if someone can’t behave with their iPad you take it off them and you put it on your desk, and that rarely needs to be done. But it’s no different from when mobile phones and smartphones first came in.” - Teacher