Why Consider a 1:1 Student Device Programmes
Some opinions and ideas around 1:1 device programmes to help you decide.
TA currently supports over 1,500 schools and trains over 35,000 teachers a year. Many institutions we connect with have considered (or are contemplating) if a 1:1 student device strategy would be beneficial and sustainable for their school (or trust).
When considering 1:1 devices, we look for impact in the following four key areas: Student Achievement, Staff Efficiency (workload and retention), Accessibility, and Financial Savings.
With no empirical data available, proving the benefits or impact a 1:1 programme alone can have on student outcomes is very difficult. We produced the following page to support schools looking for useful information regarding 1:1 and the reasons why to consider it.
A 1:1 strategy needs to be carefully planned, and before you start that process, you should evaluate the sustainability of such a programme in your school.
Please note: TA offer a free evaluation session to any school serious about exploring 1:1 devices. Contact us to arrange your free call.
TEACHING & NON-TEACHING STAFF EFFICIENCY
ACCESSIBILITY & SOCIAL MOBILITY
'Up to 70% of our teaching is now facilitated using the cloud or student devices. This is saving time, allowing us to differentiate the learning plus we're noticing big savings on print costs alone.'
Linda Edge, Deputy Head, Vice Principal, St. John Fisher School.
Journey to the Cloud participating school.
Journey to the Cloud
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, TA began a research programme with a typical state primary school called ‘Journey to the Cloud’. The programme involved implementing a 1:1 Windows 10 device strategy in two, year 5 classes, and providing the school with support and training to enable staff to transform their teaching using Microsoft Teams, OneNote.
Before the pandemic forced a school closure in Spring of 2020, we were recording some fascinating findings. Including the amount of money saved on printing, which it was estimated would potentially cover the cost of the devices.
Our hope is to return to the programme to document progress made past Spring 2020, once COVID restrictions are lifted and the school returns to a level of normality.
Choosing your Device
Choosing the right device for your students is a difficult decision. To help you understand what you should be considering, we've selected two common devices chosen by schools and highlighted the pro's and con's for each deployment.
Accessing the Cloud (Entry Level Device)
64GB STORAGE / 4GB RAM
11.6'' SCREEN / 12 HOUR BATTERY
HD WEBCAM / 180 DEGREE HINGE
SPILL RESISTANT / ROBUST DESIGN
GUIDE PRICE £185 (+VAT)
Digital Transformation (The Ideal Device)
HP PROBOOK 360
128GB STORAGE / 8GB RAM
11.6'' TOUCH SCREEN / 12 HOUR BATTERY
360 DEGREE HINGE / ACTIVE DIGITAL PEN
HD WEBCAM + WORLD FACING CAMERA
SPILL RESISTANT / ROBUST DESIGN
GUIDE PRICE £300 (+VAT)
Personal Shopper Service
TA offer a free Personal Shopper Service for schools looking to purchase 25 or more Windows 10 devices. The service is designed to save you the hassle of collecting multiple quotes, but more importantly it helps you save money and identify additional funding available to cover your consultancy and training costs .
Staff adoption will either make or break your 1:1 device programme. If the devices are not used effectively in teaching and learning, parents (or governors) will question the expense and benefits.
TA can work with you in identifying a training programme that combines INSET training, after-school workshops, virtual demonstrations, peer-to-peer coaching, online tutorials, training videos, co-teaching, and long-term training programmes funded by your apprenticeship levy.
For example pricing and support packages click here
Esher Church of England High School
Microsoft training dashboard captured in November 2020
Balancing the Costs
- Primary, 2-form entry (4 classes).
- Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6).
- 120 x W10 devices (£200 each).
- 3-year lease agreement.
- Presumed broadband and Wi-Fi is suitable for 1:1.
- Estimated additional licensing.
- Infrastructure saving = Server.
- Staff training (IT staff & teachers).
- Print saving £1,000 per class.
- Staff saving based on 2 hours per class, per week at £20 per hour. 38 school weeks (76 hours).
Three-year cost -£9,440 (£3,146.67 per year)
Where to Start
Looking for advice?
Call us free on 01952 567450 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultancy call.
Try our free Personal Shopper Service to secure best value and additional funding.
Contact us to discuss your requirements or check out our Professional Development Services for current pricing and options.