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Device equity in a BYOD school

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Started by anne robertson 13 May 2013 2:46pm () Replies (3)

I was wondering if anyone had seen any research done on the optimum number of devices per class for effective learning in a classroom?  We are a BYOD school but students do not have to bring a device if they prefer not to.  There has been some concern amongst staff, students and parents that this leads to an uneven playing field and means that some students are disadvantaged. I have heard that one device with 3 - 4 students working around it has led to the most effective learning but can find no evidence to back this up. Can anyone help?

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  • Hamish Chalmers (View all users posts) 16 May 2013 3:00pm ()

    I agree! It definitely depends on the context. Here's a hypothetical example:

    1) Students working on a collaborative voicethread that analyses a film clip, an ideal number might be 3 students.

    2) Students working on a reflection on feedback (in a blog or google doc or something) from a formative assessment and  planning where they would go now - optimum number would be one student per computer.

    That's my five cents at least!

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