Learning With Personal Laptops in School: Benefits & Gains, Obstacles & Constraints - Following a Longitudinal Study

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Executive Summary

Despite the many ways in which computers can be distributed in schools, teachers' and students' reports still indicate that computers are used only part of time, and a small part at that. Around the world there is a dramatic increase in initiatives that provide laptops to students and teachers. Early research suggests several positive outcomes from 1:1 initiatives. This study explores these issues and describes an innovative project currently taking place in four schools: three elementary schools and one middle school - grades 5th - 9th. All students and all teachers were provided with laptops for class and home use. This longitudinal study focuses on how students use 1:1 laptops and what impact a personal laptop has on students learning and attitudes.

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