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Tablets in Schools audit review underway

Published:Saturday | September 12, 2015 | 9:55 AM

The preliminary findings of an independent evaluation of the Tablets in Schools pilot project is currently being reviewed by e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited.

The preliminary findings of the assessment, conducted by professors and senior lecturers from the University of Technology were submitted on September 2.

Among the preliminary findings is that the programme resulted in improvements in students’ ability to learn independently; increased their interest in schoolwork; and their reading and writing skill.

It also shows improvements in student engagement, enthusiasm by learners and classroom behaviour.

However, the review also highlighted challenges such as students’ ability to access non educational sites and adult content; students changing passwords and codes to avoid parental interference; and restricted access to downloading of content and applications.

The technology ministry says the programme is being extended to June 2016, to allow the pilot schools sufficient time to fully utilise critical elements of the project that were made available to them later than anticipated. 

It says another evaluation will take place during the school year when students and teachers have had the required access to all the planned interventions.