1-to-1 Computing in Education: Current Practices, International Comparative Research Evidence and Policy Implications (22-24 February 2010 - Vienna, Austria)


This international meeting is hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Education and jointly organised by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, and the World Bank (WB). 


Many OECD countries look at low-cost computers as an open window of opportunity in education: by allowing every pupil to connect to the Net and access valuable resources irrespective of place and time, they cannot only help to bridge the digital divide but to transform education to better suit the needs of networked societies.


Because of this, the OECD believes that it is important to provide an opportunity for peer-learning and exchange among countries involved in 1-to1 Computing in Education, be that through massive distribution or pilot schemes.


The meeting has been designed as an opportunity:

  • To present the main experiences in large-scale uses of digital devices (ranging from handhelds and cellular phones to netbooks and notebooks) under the paradigm of 1-to-1 computing, and examine the opportunities and risks from an educational and socio-economic perspective.
  • To review the research evidence about the cost-effectiveness of these experiences, the effects on teaching and learning processes, and on educational performance, as well as the wider benefits (local providers, families, communities).
  • To identify the knowledge gaps and suggest opportunities for further research.
  • To discuss the lessons learnt and the eventual policy implications.
  • To provide opportunities for peer-learning among countries and international networking.


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