21st-century education integrates technologies, engaging students in ways not previously possible creating new learning and teaching possibilities, enhancing achievement and extending interactions with local and global communities.
One-to-one learning provides every student and teacher access to his or her own laptop computer in a wireless environment allowing students to learn at their own pace and ability levels. One-to-one initiatives have gained momentum, worldwide and are increasingly seen as the key to transforming education and better preparing students to succeed in a global world.
With greater access to real-time information, digital learning resources, educational software and collaborative workspaces, students experience higher levels of motivation and engagement in their learning.
Typically students experience initial improvement in areas such as organisational and technological skills, revision, writing and editing work. With the development of presentations and other multimedia projects, students experience subsequent improvement in analytical, presentation and speaking skills.
Involvement in 'virtual workspaces' creates opportunities for collaboration and communication, improving relationships in the classroom through a greater level of interaction between students, their peers and their teachers.
A networked environment, where it is easy to share, develop work and research with peers and teachers, is the environment students will live and work in during secondary school and the future.
Students working together and providing solutions to real-world problems will create links beyond the classroom and move levels of thinking beyond a simple knowledge framework to complex analysis and evaluation.
Increased levels of learning both in and out of school with an emphasis on higher-order thinking, creative thinking and expression will be promoted.
"Learning will not take place only inside schools and colleges, but in communities, workplaces and families. The shift to thinking about learning beyond the classroom requires a shift in our thinking about the fundamental organizational unit of education...from the school, an institution where learning is organized, defined and contained to the learner, an intelligent agent with the potential to learn from any and all of her encounters with the world around her."