The Best Tools for 1-to-1 Classrooms

Tahlea Jankoski | Published  September 09, 2016





Does more technology provide meaningful learning and collaboration in the classroom? It has been suggested that combinding technology with face-to-face learning is significantly improving the learning process for students. As teachers build a 1-to-1 classroom, students are given more opportunities to develop greater curiosity for learning and become experts on specific subjects.

The outcome of 1-to-1 classrooms has been considered more positive than only implementing computer-based learning or strictly face-to-face teacher instruction. From laptops and tablets to smartphones, a variety of tools are being used in the classroom and being observed by researchers and teachers as a way to increase

student engagement in the classroom. 



What tools should be used in the classroom to build the 1-to-1 classroom experience?


iPads have become mainstream tools in the classroom as these portable devices have been noted in several studies to improve student learning. Researchers found that iPad use among kindergarten students in Auburn, Maine significantly improved literacy scores. Plus, the students were more excited and interested in the learning process. Using tablets in the classroom has also been shown to improve engagement and comprehension in learning among students with disabilities.


Chromebooks are being used more readily throughout education as they are cost-effective devices that are easily integrated into 1-to-1 classrooms that have tight budgets. A variety of applications are available for students using Chromebooks and students get quick access to web-based academic sources. Many applications found on iPads can also be found with Chromebooks.


Researchers found that using smartphones in the classroom provide more independent learning among students, as teachers directed the students to specific learning materials. Smartphones are a simple way to receive feedback by creating surveys for students in the class. Instructors can assess student understanding based on the answers they quickly send to the teacher through their smartphone. Applications can also be added to the smartphone for simple access to class information and collaboration. These mobile devices can become part of lessons that require sharing photos with the instructor and classmate.

Benefits to 1-to-1 Classroom Technology

Implementing technology into the classroom not only helps students engage more in learning, but the devices can be linked to computers, projectors, or the cloud to help streamline lesson plans. Teachers and students also gain simple access to online tools to share documents and offer feedback. Overall, the integration of technology to build a 1-to-1 classroom can have positive benefits on any educational setting when it is used to expand the learning process and increase student engagement. 




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