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1,000 onetabs were distributed through schools to children in grades TK-3

The first U.S. pilot of onebillion’s tablet-based instructional software during COVID-19 school closures. Working with Open Up Resources, we interviewed families to understand their experiences with the tablets during school closures due to COVID-19.

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California, U.S.

Providing access to offline learning for children in grades TK-3 whose schools were closed due to COVID-19. 

  • Location: Concentrated in Oakland, California
  • Curriculum and Language of Instruction: Math and Literacy in English
  • Research Focus: How did use of the onetab translate to the U.S. context? What were parent/guardian and child experiences with the onetab?
  • Type of Study: Interview-based, descriptive study
State of Education in United States

More than 50 million children in the U.S. were affected by school closures due to COVID-19. 

Beginning in March 2020, many U.S. schools closed and shifted to remote learning. Studies showed that school closures led to learning loss and widened pre-existing educational gaps. Initiatives like the Bay Area onetab Pilot sought to address inequities in access to learning technology, particularly in low-income communities. 

Demographic information: About 93% of households with school-age children reported some form of distance learning during COVID-19, and lower-income households were less likely to have internet access and computer availability.


Parents/guardians and children consistently reported positive experiences with at-home use of the onetab.

The majority of parents/guardians reported noticeable improvements, particularly in children’s math learning, attention, and confidence. Children expressed being happy when using the onetab and wanted to use it more often. And virtually all parents/guardians recommended the onetab to other families. The study suggests the potential for U.S. students in the early grades to improve in key academic and social-emotional areas with use of the onetab. Read research brief.

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