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A Laptop Initiative in Teacher Preparation – Student Reactions

, , University of Hawai`i-Manoa, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The University of Hawai'i at Manoa College of Education implemented a 1-to-1 laptop initiative with teacher certification programs in 2005. A survey undertaken one semester after the program's initiation revealed that students' primary concerns were regarding the financial cost of obtaining laptops. Students were divided as to the level of financial hardship imposed by the laptop requirement. The authors concluded that student expenditures for hardware and software were very close to the estimates provided during planning. Many students were not aware that related expenses were eligible for financial aid. Students perceived instructors as integrating technology in their teaching, but not necessarily making effective use of the laptops and Internet resources available. The results of this study will serve to guide program improvements and may prove helpful to new initiatives with similar structure.


McKimmy, P. & Leong, P. (2006). A Laptop Initiative in Teacher Preparation – Student Reactions. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 326-331). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .



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