Clarke (2012)

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Clarke, B. (2012) Tablets For Schools Research – Key Findings. London: Family Kids and Youth. (accessed 25-Jul-2012)

High level report on a pilot programme implementing 1:1 tablet use in 3 UK schools.

The study is based on interviews with staff and pupils at Honywood Community Science School (Essex, UK) along with 2 feeder primary schools. A control school, Alec Hunter Humanities College (also in Essex), was also included. A survey of over 1000 parents, 900 children and 200 teachers across UK was also caried out.

Main findings:

1. Tablets were used collaboratively and creatively - teachers and pupils were still finding out ways they could be used.

2. There was agreement that communication had been improved inside and outside the classroom. Teachers found it easier to monitor pupils' progress.

3. Pupils were proud to show work at home and parents seemed more engaged with their child's work.

4. Those not using tablets saw them as a useful source of information, but had less conception of more creative uses.

5. Pupils appeared to be more motivated.

6. Parents and teachers at the control school were positive about the idea and thought a major advanage would be pupils not having to carry around a heavy load.

7. Parents and teachers at the control school were concerned about theft, damage, loss of writing skills, bullying and cost to parents.

8. The national quantitative survey found that 55% of teachers were already making frequent use of the internet to enhance learning.

9. Those in favour of all pupils being given tablets:

Teachers: 29% strongly in favour; 45% slightly in favour Parents: 55% strongly in favour; 33% slightly in favour Children: 65% strongly in favour; 26% slightly in favour