The Role of One-to-One Computing in the Education of at-Risk High-School Students

Chrystalla Mouza, Albert Cavalier

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In recent years, there has been a movement in many districts and schools towards one-to-one laptop programs, where all students are provided with a laptop computer. This chapter summarizes the evidence base on the ways in which laptops can change traditional learning environments in K-12 schools. Subsequently, we provide examples that illustrate ways in which teachers and students use laptops to alter teaching and learning processes, transform the quality of instruction, and improve student outcomes. These examples are generated from a 3-year longitudinal investigation focusing on the design, implementation, and outcomes of a laptop initiative for students with learning disabilities in a career and technical education high school in the U.S. We analyze and discuss these examples using learning sciences principles on the design of effective learning environments.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmerging Technologies for the Classroom
Subtitle of host publicationA Learning Sciences Perspective
EditorsChrystalla Mouza, Nancy Lavigne
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781461446965
ISBN (Print)9781461446958, 9781489995483
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameExplorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies
ISSN (Print)2512-1715
ISSN (Electronic)2512-1723


  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Disadvantaged Student
  • Technology Skill
  • Digital Divide
  • Laptop Computer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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