One-to-One Devices, why should you make the change?

At IT Systems, we are passionate about inclusive and impactful learning through information and communications technology. We believe that one-to-one technology is soon to be the norm in secondary schools across Ireland. This blog is a must-read if you are looking to learn more about one-to-one programmes or if you’re looking to evolve your current digital learning strategy. 

What is a one-to-one device? 

A one-to-one device refers to the practice whereby organisations such as schools encourage students to use a nominated electronic device to access online resources such as digital textbooks. Laptops, tablets and Chromebooks are all examples of one-to-one devices. 

Why make the change to one-to-one? 

ICT is redefining all areas of modern life, from early education right through to employment. In the next decade, we will observe a dramatic shift from paper to screen. This is already visible through the number of electronic examinations and eBooks, which are now being gradually introduced into the curriculum. Through one-to-one learning, you are ensuring your students are provided with the greatest opportunity to grow, develop and blossom into successful young adults.   

How does one-to-one technology benefit students? 

  • One-to-one technology maximises your student’s engagement across the curriculum. 
  • When a one-to-one programme is combined with the right cloud-based learning platform it enables students to access their work from anywhere.  
  • Students can use a keyboard, pen, touch or voice, as well as additional accessibility peripherals and inbuilt learning tools. This allows them to study in the way that suits them best. 
  • Students can be provided with access to all the resources they need. This means they can easily organise their work and study at their own pace. 
  • One-to-one learning prepares students for the modern employment landscape and equips them with future-ready skills such as creative problem-solving, collaboration and coding.  

One-to-one technology also boasts benefits for parents and guardians of students. 

  • One-to-one devices give parents and guardians the option of being more supportive and knowledgeable of their child’s studies. 
  • Parents are confident that their child is developing future ready skills and can connect digitally to be more engaged with the school. 

How will becoming a one-to-one school open new of learning opportunities for teachers and school leaders? 

One-to-one devices provide teachers with the opportunity to explore new technologies and online resources. Technology encourages professional development for educators, which is a priority for many within the education sector. One-to-one technology has enabled teachers to explore more learning and teaching tactics without limitations. 

  • Easy-to-learn apps can be utilized for teachers to save time on administrative duties. Which can help teachers to achieve a better work life balance. 
  • One-to-one devices can be used to assign work and track learner’s progress. It provides teachers with a distinct indicator of when a student may need some extra support within a particular area. 
  • Teachers can empower their students and help to grow a student’s skillset through hosting brainstorming sessions and incorporating group collaboration. 
  • One-to-one learning means classrooms be transformed by teachers into a creative hub through resources such as drawings, 3D models as well as interactive games. 
  • Teachers can allow students to share their screen, empowering them to guide as well as develop listening, speaking and sharing skills. 
  • One-to-one technology enables teachers to use multimedia to incorporate current affairs and life skills to link in-class learning to everyday life. 
  • Audio and video can be incorporated to assist assignment marking. This is an efficient and sometimes even more meaningful method of delivering feedback to students. 

One-to-one technology can transform education in your school.

A one-to-one learning program is an opportunity to transform education in your school. It enables you develop future-ready skills in students and introduces flexible and hybrid learning models. If implemented correctly, one-to-one devices can increase efficiency in students and offer time-saving convenience for teachers. 

 Key benefits of one-to-one learning include; 

  • Learning continuity for students. 
  • Increased accessibility for students and staff. 
  • Higher student engagement and enthusiasm. 
  • Student wellbeing is championed through a more positive and inclusive learning experience. 
  • One-to-one device programs enable, school leaders to implement technology strategies more easily, effectively, and efficiently. 
  • Learning programs and incentives can be tracked and adjusted as required. 
  • Improvement in academic achievement. 
  • Lowered cases of conflict between students and teachers. 
  • One-to-one devices are sustainable and can eradicate unnecessary overheads. 
  • Equal access learning for students. 
  • It empowers teachers and students to achieve more. 

Our Conclusion

The success of a one-to-one programme starts with a vision for your school. Choosing innovative devices is an important chapter but it is not the only factor to consider. A school should be a holistic environment in which students, teachers and school leaders thrive. One-to-one learning requires new and carefully considered support, connectivity and training. Additional areas of importance include culture, software, resources, safety and security. While transitioning to being a one-to-one school is daunting, our team at IT Systems can provide you with the expert advice, guidance and support that you need to be this transition a resounding success. 

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