The Shape of Disruption: Student Independence in the 5th Grade Classroom
Gerald Ardito, Pierre Van Cortland Middle School/Pace University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This mixed methods study investigated how the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO Laptops and their Sugar software would influence student independence within five fifth-grade classrooms. Over a four-month period, 114 fifth-grade students and their five teachers were trained to use the XO Laptops, which were then incorporated into a series of curricular activities and projects. The study demonstrated that the independence of the learners was positively impacted. During the XO Laptop sessions, the number of student-student helping interactions was over five times more frequent than student-teacher helping interactions. During non-XO Laptop sessions observed, the frequency of student-teacher helping interactions was consistent with the XO Laptop session levels, but there were only about a quarter as many student-student helping interactions.
Ardito, G. (2011). The Shape of Disruption: Student Independence in the 5th Grade Classroom. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2129-2133). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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