Learning with laptops: The impact of one-to-one computing on student attitudes and classroom perceptions

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Abstract

This study examined the ways in which two urban elementary school teachers integrated laptops in their instructional practices. It also investigated the impact of laptop integration on students' attitudes and perceptions of the classroom environment compared to control classrooms. Issues under student perceptions included: a) perceived importance of technology; b) computer enjoyment; c) student-teacher and student-student interactions; and d) motivation toward school and learning. The study used both quantitative and qualitative date. Although some evidence indicated that fourth grade laptop students had more positive attitudes toward school than fourth grade non-laptop students, quantitative date did not reveal significant differences among laptop and control students. Qualitative data, however, painted a positive picture of experiences in laptop classrooms. Laptop students perceived computers as important learning tools and consistently used educational applications to perform academic activities. Such activities influenced classroom interactions and created a sense of pride and empowerment among laptop students. These behaviors were not evident among control students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Pages488-494
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006 - Bloomington, IN, United States
Duration: Jun 27 2006Jul 1 2006

Publication series

NameICLS 2006 - International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Proceedings
Volume1

Other

Other7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBloomington, IN
Period6/27/067/1/06

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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