One-to-world technology is the idea that, through a personal electronic device, students can access technology and internet whether at school or at home. Schools shift from a curriculum-centric to a student-centric classroom, where each student can work at their own pace and where teachers can address specific educational needs. According to a study at the University of Michigan, the use of individual technology as well as additional support was able to raise the level of academic achievement within the students (McGraw-Hill Education, 2016). One-to-world technology engages students and creates a positive environment that improves their problem-solving skills (Doran and Herold, 2016). Students take charge of their education and become motivated to learn more.
Constant communication is created through one-to-world technology. Internet connection at school and at home provides each student with direct access to their teachers and peers. This communication fosters a supportive atmosphere where students and teachers can better understand one another. Teachers benefit from efficient distribution of information to their classes, and students benefit from easier interaction in group projects. One-to-world technology provides an engaging learning community with 24-hour support and communication regardless of location (November, 2013).
Schools which have implemented a one-to-world initiative have experienced a decrease in student disciplinary problems (Goodwin, 2011). Due to a decrease in paper consumption and textbooks, the use of technology helps create a cost-efficient environment. (Goodwin, 2011). Providing every student with the same resource can increase classroom equity and can equip each person to take control of their learning experience.
Through the one-to-world initiative, students will not only improve their test scores but also gain valuable skills for the future. In a study from Boston College, 62% of pilot teachers reported that their students’ learning had improved due to the implementation of the one-to-world initiative (Bebell and Kay, 2010, pg. 21). One-to-world technology can improve academic achievements, develop communication skills, and benefit entire communities.
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