What are the potential benefits of one to one learning?

NOTE:- To Be Completed....This page is only the begining and a few thoughts have been randomly put down, please feel free to update and amend.

The benefits of one-to-one learning will only really be realised when the pedagogy has been altered to reflect the introduction of the new technology. A learning hub will not turn a bad teacher into a good teacher, but it can make a good teacher better.


Increase in Digital Media and Content
One to one learning presents the opportunity to include more audio/visual material thereby serving different learning styles. Work or lessons that incorporate pictures, sound, animation not only make it more interesting, but it makes it easier to recall and remember, for example
  • PE - (similar to golf lessons) video can be used to watch sporting activities such as a basket ball run-ups, discus throw, jumping a hurdle and compared to professionals.
  • DRAMA - pupils can watch themselves act and thereby improve and critique themseleves as if they were in the audience.
  • MUSIC - audio allows them hear themselves sing or play music, or watch posture or positioning of hands on musical instruments through video.
  • GENERAL - Video can equally apply to other areas as the ability to watch a video clip allows the pupil to actually see and hear the person they are studying rather than reading quotes from a book. e.g. Winston Churchill’s speachs in WW2.

Digital Divide between Home and School
The children of today are emmersed in technology whereas traditional schooling is extremely limited in its use and interaction with technology. We are in danger of school becoming irrelevant and outdated in the eyes of our children. One to one learning will close this technical divide and will change their perceptions and increase engagement.

Anywhere Anytime Learning
One to one learning would provide anywhere anytime learning. Pupils with computers at home spend less time watching television and more time doing exercises that improve critical thinking, problem solving and writing.

Typing faster than Writing
Faster typing than writing, leading to more words, more work, more practice.

More creative
Pupils can express themselves in more ways, words, images, audio, video.

Better Information Retention and Recall
Personalisation of lessons and curricular content makes the learning relevant thereby making it easier for the individual to retain and recall information.
When pupils learn in ways that allow them to discover their own information, to solve problems, or to construct their own explanations or conclusions, the information becomes more embedded in memory.

More pride
The work they submit looks more professional, the pupils take more pride in their work which leads to better work. Further to this with wikis, blogs and podcasts suddenly the audience is not just one teacher, but the whole world.

Better Quality Work
Study by Rockman Et Al showed that students who used laptops out performed their peers in all four scored areas of writing (content, organisation, language/style, mechanics). Computers allowed them to do more extensive editing, leading to better writing.

More Engaged Learning
Shift from lower-order thinking (where the pupil is asked to receive or recite factual information) to higher-order thinking (where student is required to manipulate information and ideas in ways that transform their meaning and implications).

Special Needs
Computers for teachers along with interactive whiteboard connection is essential as it engages children in activities that also involve gross-motor skills (as opposed to fine motor-skills).

Providing dyslexic students with individual computers or learning hubs will make an extraordinary difference to their lives as predicitive text and voice recognition softare enables them to take part in certain classroom activities that they would otherwise be excluded from.


One-to-one learning provides school leavers with 21st Century skills which includes not only a high degree of IT literacy but also with problem-solving, interpersonal and communication skills. One-to-one learners will provide businesses with a highly skilled workforce possessing a powerful range of skills that has not been seen in previous generations of school leavers. These skills will allow children to quickly adapt and migrate from a school to a work environment whilst giving them the opportunity utilise these skills to add value to a business at a younger age.

21st Century skills are particularly important for business survival in the global economy where jobs are shifting cross-border. The impact of this has been apparent in the UK and other countries particularly with regards to IT and call centre jobs that have been outsourced offshore to countries like India. However, now even the more traditional professions such as the accounting and legal profession are under threat with teams of cheaper offshore workers training and qualifying in more specialised and sometimes country specific areas. This indicates a continued cross-border employment shift and presents businesses with an increasing need to be able to adapt and change in the ever changing economy.

Virtually all jobs available in the future will require the mastery of information technologies and one-to-one learning is the stepping stone to ensuring that our future workforce have these skills.


Teachers can modify the context of a lesson to make the content relevant to the pupils’ world therefore increasing engagement and retention.
  • Using real life examples
  • Using scanned pictures of pupils
  • Highlighting text
For example - Geography weather - by using the Internet to find live meteorological data such as live satellite weather maps, not only help understand by they can watch the weather over the next few hours/days, serving as constant reminder.

Easy Manipulation and Interaction to aid teaching
Sorting, ordering, moving data, example of watching effects on a plotted graph of a quadratic equation by altering values. Ability to drag and drop data for sorting which allows clearer understanding and also interaction
  • improves information retention and appreciation.

Ability to save and recall all work.
A blackboard gets rubbed clean but if a pupil asks a question ‘Is this similar to the graphs we did last term?’ The teacher can respond and access data from previous lessons, making it relevant and easy to recall work.


Better interaction between parents and school, allowing them to become involved and feel a part of their child's education especially through interaction with VLEs.

In Scotland, this will be particularly relevant with the imminent implementation of Glow which will allow parents to access their child's personal learning portal. This will allow them to access information realting to their child's coursework, schoolwork and reports on progress. Schools could futher engage parents by being proactive in interacting with parents, for example, a teacher could even send parents and e-mail. “Attached is a wonderful piece of work from your daughter, I thought you might like to ……”


    • 21st Century Skills can be defined as the types of skills required for success in the information era that we currently live in. These skills are very different skills than were required a generation ago.
  • Information and communication skills - the ability to analyze, access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information in a variety of forms and media, and the ability to create effective oral, written, and multimedia communications in a variety of forms and contexts, all using today's real-world tools.
  • Thinking and problem solving skills - include the curiosity, creativity, and ability to frame, analyze, and solve problems; to make complex and well reasoned choices to understand the inter-connectoin among systems and to investigate, develop implement and communicate new ideas.
  • Interpersonal and self-directional skills - includes the autonomy and ability to monitor one's own understanding and learning needs, locats and use appropriate resources as necessary, and demonstrate teamwork and leadership in working productively with others.

Uses of Hand Helds in Classrooms

An interesting list 'to spark your imagination about different ways to use your handheld computer in education' can be seen at