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At the 8th Global Symposium on ICT in Education 2014, themed Transforming Education with 1:1 Computing (3-5 November, 2014, Hilton Gyeongju, Republic of Korea)

28 countries represented, sharing their experiences of planning and implementing 1:1 computing initiatives

Hosted by the Korean Ministry of Education and the World Bank, along with KERIS, UNESCO Bangkok and Intel

South Korea is one of the leaders in digital learning, so it was a fitting context for the country

A number of lessons were learned and known ones confirmed …

At the 8th Global Symposium on ICT in Education 2014, themed Transforming Education with 1:1 Computing (3-5 November, 2014, Hilton Gyeongju, Republic of Korea)

28 countries represented, sharing their experiences of planning and implementing 1:1 computing initiatives

Hosted by the Korean Ministry of Education and the World Bank, along with KERIS, UNESCO Bangkok and Intel

South Korea is one of the leaders in digital learning, so it was a fitting context for the country

A number of lessons were learned and known ones confirmed …

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1:1 Educational Computing Initiatives — Lessons learned and confirmed at the Global Symposium on ICT in Education 2014

  1. 1. 1:1 Educational Computing Initiatives Lessons learned and confirmed at … Steve Vosloo Head of Mobile, Innovation Lab Pearson South Africa
  2. 2. Context At the 8th Global Symposium on ICT in Education 2014, themed Transforming Education with 1:1 Computing (3-5 November, 2014, Hilton Gyeongju, Republic of Korea) 28 countries represented, sharing their experiences of planning and implementing 1:1 computing initiatives Hosted by the Korean Ministry of Education and the World Bank, along with KERIS, UNESCO Bangkok and Intel South Korea is one of the leaders in digital learning, so it was a fitting context for the country A number of lessons were learned and known ones confirmed …
  3. 3. 1. 1:1 is a journey, not a destination We are all learning, all trying to work it out Many failures so far! If you are struggling, that’s ok
  4. 4. 2. Articulate long-term vision, have short-term plan Set and communicate the long-term vision But: Since this is a pioneering space, be open to surprises. Be agile, be willing to adapt Double-but: Still, have a plan, document, evaluate, re- document, re-evaluate… Triple-but: Don’t wait for the perfect plan, it doesn’t exist
  5. 5. 3. 1:1 often starts for the wrong reasons Because it’s “the future” Because it’s “progress” Because it can win a political campaign Massive pressure from the market and media for the “next big thing” Did good educational research or rationale inform the decision?
  6. 6. 4. Very little evidence of academic impact In South Korea in 2007 the drive to Digital Textbooks started, but by 2014 still no concrete evidence of increased academic performance (yet) The government has now began a long-term research effort to try to better understand impact of ebooks (Note: In South Korea their risks are gaming addiction, too much screen time — a culture that is TOO digital)
  7. 7. 5. Measuring the impact of 1:1 remains a challenge But there are many other benefits – we need to define the non-academic impact What benefits? • Collaboration • Project-based learning • Engagement • 21st century skills • Communication • … Indicators?
  8. 8. 6. It’s not about the tech: It’s about people 1:1 must be about the education of the learner, not the implementation of technology
  9. 9. 6. It’s not about the tech: It’s about people Even in South Korea, a digital learning pioneer, there is still some teacher resistance and apprehension around using ebooks (since 2007) There is a need for continual training and opportunities for sharing between teachers (online communities) Change management is critical
  10. 10. 7. Teacher training! We can’t do enough of it! ISTE recommends that teacher training and PD should be 25% of total 1:1 budget In Kazakhstan only 2% of teachers have been trained in e- learning In Kyrgyzstan 86% of school directors have never used Internet at schools. 72% of school administration started to use computers only one year after installation
  11. 11. 8. “Community” buy-in is critical Cost, risk, perceptions carried across communities Principals, teachers, administrators, parents… Need to educate to get support – have prioritised this in Australia
  12. 12. 9. Infrastructure, support and maintenance! OLPC implementation in Sri Lanka: Connectivity problems, content could not be updated Charging problems After 2 years half the laptops were defective
  13. 13. 10. Learner analytics, big data vs privacy Privacy is one of the “big issues” of the move to digital We don’t have the answers yet to finding the balance between educational interests and personal privacy
  14. 14. And then a visit to Saeron Elementary School
  15. 15. Thank you Steve Vosloo Head of Mobile, Innovation Lab Pearson South Africa steve.vosloo@pearson.com @stevevosloo

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