Advances in technology have fundamentally changed how we access knowledge. Our students need to become intuitive and proficient in learning and using technology to thrive in this ever-changing world where new hi-tech developments are introduced every year.
At Haut-Lac International Bilingual School, we are pleased and proud to present our pilot project, “one iPad – one student” or “1:1”.
We are lucky to have the support of two trainer-researchers from the Haute Ecole Pédagogique (HEP) in Lausanne to help us run the experiment.
We launched the project in September 2014 with our P3 and P4 classes (students between 8 and 10 years old). After only a few months, we obtained some very positive and promising results. Both our teachers and the researchers agree that the iPads help increase student motivation and promote teamwork and creativity.
These new tools provide our students with a deeper understanding of how technology can facilitate inter-disciplinary learning. From holding conference calls to recording videos, students interact with technology in an organic way that enhances their technical knowledge, satisfies their curiosity, and allows them to practice valuable digital research skills.
We believe that our pilot “one iPad – one student” project goes a long way towards creating an individualised learning experience for every child. Every parent and teacher understands that his or her biggest limitation in terms of making an impact in a child’s life is time. With an iPad, lessons do not have to end when the school bell rings. With an Internet connection, the student has the tools to continue his or her research, write papers, take notes, and collaborate with classmates or teachers remotely. Our focus goes beyond technology itself and uses the iPad as a tool to develop a habit of life-long learning.