Learning Foundation produced a parental survey showing that 1:1 e-learning in schools boosts academic skills. The consultancy works with schools to introduce computers for every child in a class, year group or entire school, whatever their income and provides access to training in e-learning skills for teachers.

More than 40% of parents of children who had previously had access to computers before the 1:1 programme felt that since its introduction their children’s results had improved. Interestingly a huge 70% of those parents whose children had no previous access to computers had seen an improvement in their children’s academic skills to achieve better marks. There are many other benefits which over 70% of these parents feel have been achieved: their children are more engaged in school (74%) and homework (72%); have an improved attitude to their studies (77%); are taking more responsibility for their learning (85%); have improved IT skills (96%) and, most importantly, receive better marks for school or homework than before (70%).

These results show that access to a well-run e-learning programme does have benefits for children, especially for supporting the academic improvement of those from disadvantaged backgrounds. It is also clear that all children benefit.

SOURCE: Education Technology