Project Tomorrow®, a national education nonprofit, along with Kajeet®, provider of safe mobile student Internet connectivity, today announce the final results from a three-year-long study to evaluate the benefits of 1-to-1 tablet implementation, including Internet access outside the classroom in Chicago Public Schools.
The Making Learning Mobile 3.0 study took an in-depth look at how access to computer tablets improved teacher effectiveness and student learning within the 5th grade at Falconer Elementary School over the course of three years.
Final year results from the Making Learning Mobile study included:
- Use of technology at home increased year-over-year. Sixty-nine percent of the 5th graders used the Internet-enabled tablets every day, at school and home, to support their learning this year, whereas last year, 51 percent of the students reported they rarely or never used technology at home to support schoolwork or homework assignments while in 4th grade.
- Falconer Elementary students had the highest percentage of 5th graders scoring at or above the national average RIT (Rasch Unit) in math compared to other comparable Chicago schools, according to the Northwest Evaluation Association’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment scores.
- Within one class of the cohort, the students’ average RIT score in math improved by 11.26 points from the spring 2014 to spring 2015-- this was 24 percent higher than the overall 5th grade at the school.
- Students identified a change in their learning behaviors that resulted in increased learning opportunities. Sixty-eight percent stated they were more likely to complete homework assignments with Internet-enabled tablets and 76 percent said they had a greater interest in learning.
Kajeet and Project Tomorrow will host a webinar on Jan. 28, 4 pm EST to discuss the results.