Is One Laptop Per Child Working?
With more and more iPad 1:1 projects going into schools it is interesting to see how other projects with other devices are progressing. A 15 month study of over 300 schools in Peru by the Inter-American Development bank has concluded that the One Laptop per Child project is not enough on its own to improve educational outcomes
I’m not surprised really as we know that if there is no attempt to integrate the laptops into the curriculum there will be no gains. This was exacerbated by the fact that the laptops had no software for maths or languages included on the build.
So how are the iPad 1:1 projects different? What we are seeing is that iPads are not about technology or learning about using software but all about the curriculum. With over 50,000 education iPad apps on the app store and over 600,000 education resources on iTunes U the iPad is a different beast to a computer and one that is really suited to the classroom. The other factor to consider is professional development. What needs to given to teachers to help them integrate iPads into the curriculum? This is why Apple Professional Development has come to the fore in recent months.
- Posted using my iPad