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Edinburgh 1:1 Mobile Evaluation

Hull EvaluationIn August 2012, the City of Edinburgh Council commissioned Hull University to evaluate the impact and potential of mobile technologies for learning across our four 1:1 pilot schools. These schools were Broomhouse Primary School, Sciennes Primary School, Forrester High School and Gracemount High School. The evaluation took place over  academic session 2012-2013 and was conducted by Dr Kevin Burden and Dr Trevor Male from the Faculty of Education at Hull University. The evaluation focused on the impact of mobile technologies on teaching and learning, challenges to traditional patterns of teaching and learning and leadership, logistics and infrastructure.

The evaluation is now complete and is available from our website by clicking here.

Some of the key findings of the evaluation:

  • Levels of engagement and motivation amongst students rose across each of the pilot schools
  • Student autonomy was considered to be an immediate benefit arising from the allocation of mobile devices
  • Leadership and visible support from the senior management team was identified as a critical factor in the success and sustainability of the project 
  • The use of personal mobile technologies engaged staff in wider CPD opportunities and activities which changed their attitudes to the use of technology in learning
  • There is evidence that teachers are shifting their practices in ways which might prove to be very significant. These include different patterns and means of communicating with students to support their learning beyond school; changing relationships between students particularly in regard to the traditional knowledge giver role of the teacher; and new models for organising learning such as the ‘flipped classroom’
  • All four schools in this project remain positive and optimistic about the benefits and opportunities to be gained from using mobile devices on a personal basis 

This evaluation will be incredibly useful for any school or establishment interested in, or already implementing, 1:1 mobile learning.

“5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make…”

Edudemic, a site all about the best education technology tools and trends, recently posted the article, “5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)“.

“Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country [USA] have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. […] While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.”

The article is based on experiences with iPads, but the advice given applies equally to all technologies that schools may be purchasing en masse – iPads, Android tablets, netbooks, laptops etc.

How To Avoid These Mistakes!

All establishments have created their own vision for ICT but our 1:1 Toolkit should help you work towards achieving your vision.  The majority of schools will be at the planning stage just now, where time is taken to think about how best to support our learners and which technologies can enable this. The preparation stage is where any new technologies are introduced to staff and pedagogical change considered. After these phases have been completed, the implementation phase can begin. (Remember that for some establishments, your vision may be a full 1:1 initiative and for others it will be 1:1 access to technology in school when and where the learner needs it).

If you have any queries or would like to talk over your plans with someone from the Digital Learning Team please get in touch via digital@ea.edin.sch.uk.