Lapping up learning
RESEARCH FINDS LAPTOP BENEFITS
LAPTOPS have a beneficial role in improving education outcomes, according to University of Notre Dame student Steven Males.
The former Aquinas College junior school head received his PhD after researching the effect a one-to-one laptop program had on the education of boys at the school.
His research showed while the “novelty factor” of the laptops soon disappeared, the literacy and numeracy skills of the students did improve compared to national standards.
He said it was important for parents and teachers to get a better understanding of how digital tools could benefit students.
“A two-pronged approach of providing targeted professional learning for staff, coupled with confronting the obvious distraction that a one-to-one device can be for primary and secondary school students, yielded positive outcomes,” he said.
“Although teachers reported that laptops were important for the teaching and learning program, there was a wide variation in the way teachers harnessed the one-to-one laptop environment for the benefit of student learning.
“I hope that this study can assist educational policy-makers, school leaders and teachers who are contemplating how to best integrate one-to-one laptop devices into the fabric of their schools.”