1:1 Access to Mobile Learning Devices

7 09 2007

An interim report on a study on the educational impact of personal access to mobile learning devices has published an interim report with emerging recommendations resulting from their development and research project.

Among the emerging recommendations are findings on policy, technical issues and professional development, such as:

  • When learners expect devices to be used, they are more likely to bring them to school every day and keep them charged. When all pupils in a class have their devices with them, the learning benefits are optimised.
  • Where possible, all relevant staff – especially teaching assistants, ICT co-ordinators and teachers – should be provided with mobile devices.
  • It is beneficial to ensure reliable wireless connectivity.
  • It is useful to consider systems for dealing with breakages and temporary loss of use of devices. This may involve planning for temporary loan stock.
  • Systems for storage of and access to work need to be developed. Teachers and learners need to access digital work to provide and receive feedback.
  • Teachers benefit from having time to explore what the devices can do before integrating their use into planned learning.
  • Using mobile devices is likely to increase learner autonomy. Teachers need to ensure that learners are able to evaluate resources, think critically and reflect.

The final reports will be published in about a year’s time; the interim report can be found here in Word or PDF format.

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9 09 2007
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