During the recent term break, I wrote an initial blog reflecting on the launch of 1:1 Computing with our Yr9 Cohort this year. Whilst that blog focused mainly on the parent perspective, this one will share some feedback from students and staff.
The Staff Voice – by the numbers:
- For 98% of our Yr9 teachers, this was the first time teaching in a fully 1:1 environment (hence staff PD was so important)
- 78% of staff had previously permitted students to use devices in their classes
- 40% of staff said they didn’t need to provide any tech support to students whilst 44% responded they needed “to some extent” help students with their laptop
- 93% agreed to strongly agreed that ICT tech support was available to help them or their students when they needed it during class time.
- Teacher expectations around laptop usage in class was:
- 37% every lesson
- 32% 3-4 times per week
- 31% 1-2 times per week
These numbers paint a largely positive picture and reflect what our planning and investigation had revealed: the majority of our teachers would be “new” to managing a classroom where every student had a laptop and that we would need to continue to provide tech support in a timely fashion for teachers and students to feel confident this was going be a success.
Our surveys of staff in 2013 also revealed two main concerns held by teachers: the pace of learning would slow and behaviour management would become problematic. Here’s the survey results from a teacher perspective:
- Pace of Learning: 54% it was about the same as before, 32% it has increased with the technology in the classroom
- Classroom Management: 54% disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that behaviour management challenges had increased with the introduction of laptops, whilst 20% agreed or strongly agreed there were new challenges.
- 70% of staff agreed or strongly agreed that the 1:1 Computing initiative added value to the learning for students.
It’s pleasing to see that the majority of teachers are finding that the technology is not increasing the challenges of learning, nor significantly slowing the pace of learning in the classroom either. As one teacher commented in the survey:
Year 9 students are not distracted by laptops – happy to open and close as needed. It is just another piece of equipment.
The Student Voice – by the numbers:
- 46% of students were allowed to bring a device to class in Yr8 (approximately half Yr9 students come from the Preparatory School, and half from feeder schools)
- 75% of students responded this was the first device they had personally owned or been responsible for the majority of the time.
- 60% of students made a joint decision on the type of laptop with their parents (only 17.5% had sole discretion on choosing an Apple or Windows based computer)
- 82% agreed or strongly agreed that they are a confident user of a computer (our experience would suggest this is too high, and some have an over-inflated sense of their competency!)
Again, this matched our expectations – Continue reading