This symposium will compare and contrast the implementation of 1 to 1 computing strategies in schools in England and Australia, based on 22 case studies carried out in England in 2012 and 13 studies undertaken in 2013 in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. These studies span primary and secondary schools, mainstream and special schools, and state, religious and independent schools. The researchers included Professor Peter Twining (The Open University, UK); Professor Paul Newhouse, Dr Jenny Lane and Dr Martin Cooper (Edith Cowan University); Associate Professor Romina Jamieson-Proctor, Dr Petrea Redmond and Professor Peter Albion (University of Southern Queensland); Dr Jason Zagami (Griffith University); Dr Damian Maher (University of Technology, Sydney); Dr Ted Clark and Dr Dianne Chambers (University of Melbourne); and Dr. Andrew Fluck (University of Tasmania).
In both England and Australia there have been significant developments in policy and funding for digital technology in schools, as well as in the availability of Internet-enabled mobile devices. This has led to an explosion of schools looking to introduce 1 to 1 computing strategies, such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). However, recent research suggests that the deployment of such initiatives is complex, and that additional support is needed to help schools implement 1 to 1 mobile device strategies more effectively.
Peter Twining will introduce a series of trends or dimensions of practice (http://edfutures.net/Digital_technology_trends) that emerged from the analysis of the data from these case studies. The five panel members will illustrate some of these dimensions using examples from the English and Australian studies. Key similarities and differences between 1 to 1 computing in England and Australia will be described.
This session will provide useful insights into and practical guidance on the implementation of 1 to 1 strategies in schools, which should help enhance schools’ strategic planning and day-to-day practice. The discussion will enable sharing of expertise between participants, panel members and the wider research team.
Please bring enthusiasm, scepticism, your personal experiences and a willingness to engage in critical dialogue. If you have a mobile device so you can Tweet (or similar) then bring that too.