Changes in Student Technology Use and Skill in the First Year of a 1-to-1 Computing Program
Kevin Oliver, Lori Holcomb, North Carolina State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study documents changes in students' classroom experiences before and after the implementation of a new one-to-one tablet computing program at a private middle school. After one year with tablets, results show significant increases in technology use across subjects, increased student technology skills in 8 of 22 competency areas tied to related increases in 9 of 12 technology-based activities, new modes of tablet-enhanced collaborations, and heavy use of Microsoft OneNote. Observation data suggest small improvements in individualized instruction, project-based learning, and teachers acting as coaches, however instruction is still more teacher-centered overall. Some teachers have appropriated tablets for project-based work such as students creating videos, Web sites, and podcasts.
Oliver, K. & Holcomb, L. (2008). Changes in Student Technology Use and Skill in the First Year of a 1-to-1 Computing Program. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2154-2160). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).