What are the benefits of using tablets in schools?

Our research uncovered a number of benefits. If tablets are introduced as part of a broader learning programme of pupil-led learning, they improve engagement, foster creativity, encourage independent learning and collaboration, and reduce costs (see below). The nine schools involved in our independent research testify to this. Here’s just a sample of the benefits we uncovered:

  • Increase in engagement and collaboration: Students are more likely to share information and projects with each other, and with their teachers and parents.
  • Monitoring student progress: Teachers can more easily monitor progress, and give feedback on work quickly.  Certain apps enable teachers to create a permanent record of each child’s achievements.
  • The classroom is opened up to the world: Longfield Academy head-teacher, Anne Davies, relates how her students use Facetime to talk to pupils in a Spanish school. At another school, a new Year 9 student from Israel was able to follow lessons by translating material into Hebrew.

Tablets also provide significant benefits to SEN students, giving them greater control over their work, and increased confidence. The touchscreen in particular provides greater options for students who might struggle with traditional learning methods – easily supporting different audio, visual and kinesthetic styles (for example, students can easily increase font size). There are also a variety of apps that support difficulties such as dyslexia, without a teacher having to book extra resources. Apps also make it easier for teachers to personalise lessons to individual student needs