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Effects of Laptop Computers with Multimedia and Presentation Software on Student Achievement


American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


The purpose of this study was to investigate whether exposure to multimedia and presentation software on laptop computers influenced student achievement in a secondary level anatomy and physiology science course. Group A used laptop computers with A.D.A.M. (Animated Dissection of Anatomy for Medicine) multimedia software and PowerPoint presentation software during the first and second quarter of the 1997-98 school year. Each of the students in Group A was given full-time possession of a laptop computer, including permission to take it home. Group B served as a control group and did not have access to the laptop computers, although MedWorks software and the Internet were available on five workstation computers in the science classroom. Access was reversed for the second half of the year and Group B students used the laptops while Group A served as the control group. Instruction for both groups centered on lectures, lab activities, and open-ended projects. The study demonstrated that students learned more when they had access to laptop computers, were exposed to multimedia software, and created projects with presentation software. Contains 23 references. (AEF)


Siegle, D. & Foster, T. (2000). Effects of Laptop Computers with Multimedia and Presentation Software on Student Achievement. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 2000. Retrieved March 31, 2020 from .

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