Schools: Computers

Education written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Education

(1) what assessment he has made of the effects on pedagogy of giving pupils in secondary schools one-to- one tablet computers; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what comparison he has made with other OECD countries of the effects on pedagogy of giving one-to- one tablets to every pupil in secondary schools.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education has reviewed evidence on the effects of one-to-one tablet schemes on pedagogy, and more broadly within education, from the UK and Australia. Positive effects on pedagogy cited within the studies considered include: improvements to lessons and homework, characterised by more creative and engaging tasks; more and better quality feedback to pupils; and improvements in monitoring and assessment.

The Department will continue to review international research in this area, such as that being undertaken by the Creative Classroom project of the European Schoolnet organisation. This study is looking at the effects of one-to-one tablet use, in 45 secondary schools, and across eight European countries.

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