Why Mobile Learning

We create the evidence that schools need to understand the impact, benefits and considerations of using 1:1 mobile technology.

Overview

Our research shows that mobile learning can be used as a tool to encourage children to take a more active approach to their education, personalise their experiences and equip them for a digital future. But it’s vital that this potential is unlocked in a way that can be delivered and sustained by schools and teachers.

However there are also a number of considerations for schools, from financial and pedagogical challenges, initial and ongoing training for teachers, engagement with parents and student online safety.  Schools can often see all of the downside and none of the upside.  We want our research to help schools understand all the considerations, and make the right decisions for their school and their students.

The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education, but to personalise it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Key reasons for 1:1 mobile learning

Our research has identified many key reasons to integrate 1:1 mobile learning into your school:

  • Preparing students for working a digital age
  • Students can work more independently
  • Collaborative learning
  • Ownership of Learning – Anytime & Anywhere
  • Equality of access

I think the best thing about having the Tablet is that we do not have to share with anyone and at home I do not need to ask my brother to check something on his phone” Student

She was able to complete her assignments in good time and without interruption due to the fact she had independent access to the device” Parent

Criteria for success

What makes the introduction of mobile technology successful?

  • A positive attitude from leadership and adoption of a pedagogical stance
  • Leadership as well as teachers need strong support and clear guidelines
  • Involving teachers, pupils, parents early – inform, train, allow time to ‘play’ with the device
  • Adopt device champions to demonstrate to other teachers / pupils / staff / parents what the device is capable of
  • Advice on practical issues and infrastructure: sufficient wifi; breakages and insurance; IT support – internal or external
  • Share and exchange ideas and advice with other schools that have been on a similar journey

Of course there are benefits, challenges and considerations when implementing a mobile learning strategy or 1:1 programme in schools. With good planning and leadership, challenges can be overcome and leaning benefits can be realised.