What does 1:1 mean?

“One to One” – one student, one tool. This expression may refer to tablets or laptop computers. It means that each student in the participating classrooms uses his or her own device.

Why choose tablets over laptops?

Tablets proved to be the best choice for primary students, as they have an integrated camera, good battery life, are light, and can be used horizontally. The screen no longer creates a “barrier” between people.

Why choose iPads over Android tablets?

We believe that today, iPads adapt themselves best to our needs as educators. They offer great online safety features, very few viruses, a huge variety of apps (many of them developed specifically to facilitate learning), and many educational resources. The iPad has a highly intuitive and easy to use interface, is durable, and boasts a robust repair program.

However, we are not associating ourselves with Apple. We are keeping abreast of new developments elsewhere, and are aware that one day we may need to use another tool. Our learning intention behind using iPads is more important than the tool itself.

What are the benefits of iPad-based learning?

Research has shown that there are numerous benefits to implementing a 1:1 learning program with iPads. These are:

  • Increased student engagement and motivation
  • Deeper and better integrated learning
  • Better match between teaching style and individual learning style
  • Increased variety of teaching methods
  • Improved access to information
  • Equal access for all students
  • Greater flexibility and openness to learning anytime, anywhere

What is the cost to families?

All equipment is provided to participating students at no additional charge.

Who is involved in the 1:1 project?

Our P3 and P4 students (8-10 years old) have been selected to participate in the pilot project. Two teacher-researchers from the HEP are following our progress.

The team includes P3 and P4 class teachers, Marie (Primary School Coordinator), Marc (IT Coordinator), and Dominique (Special Needs).

Do students use iPads all day?

No. iPads are only used if and when it is logical to do so. The average time spent using the iPads varies depending on the subject and class, but it is never 100% of the time. We ensure that students continue to write, read, create art, conduct experiments, and play sports – in other words, learn and experience the world in ways that do not involve technology.

Will my child be able to access inappropriate or unsafe information on the iPad?

All the devices that are used in our pilot program connect to the Internet through the school network and have access to filtered, age-appropriate educational content. That being said, no filter is ever 100% perfect. Our teachers, supervisors, and staff take extra precautions to ensure that your child remains safe and is not exposed to inappropriate material when using school devices.

I am concerned about games and screen time. Will my child be distracted in class?

Potential for distraction by electronic devices is a real problem for children and adults alike. We believe that by learning good habits at school, our students can train themselves to manage their online time. In our experience, the self-discipline and self-awareness that results from good modelling and enforced boundaries sets your child up for success later in life when they are not as closely supervised.

As students use iPads for a limited amount of time in the classroom, what approach do you recommend to manage screen time at home?

We live in a 24/7 digital world. Learning to manage digital consumption is now an essential life skill, and we believe that together we can help our students practice and master good decision making skills.

Doctors and educators are right to recommend placing a limit on TV entertainment. That being said, not all screen time has the same effect. There is a big difference between spending an hour watching cartoons on TV, and spending an hour using a music-composing app on a tablet. It is good practice for both students and parents to pay attention to how they spend time on electronic devices, and to ensure that that time does not minimise opportunities for physical movement and non-device play.

Which apps are recommended?

This area is evolving rapidly. New apps appear every day, but click here for a list of the ones we use.