Informing one-to-one computing in primary schools: Student use of netbooks

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Title Informing one-to-one computing in primary schools: Student use of netbooks
Author Larkin, Kevin; Finger, Glenn
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Editor Associate Professor Catherine McLoughlin
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
Abstract Although one-to-one laptop programs are being introduced in many schools, minimal research has been conducted regarding their effectiveness in primary schools. Evidence-based research is needed to inform significant funding, deployment and student use of computers. This article analyses key findings from a study conducted in four Year 7 classrooms in which students were provided with netbook computers as an alternative to more expensive laptop computers. Variable access was provided to students including computer to student ratios of one-to-one and one-to-two. Findings indicated that increased access to the netbook computers resulted in increases in computer usage by these students, compared with their minimal use of computers before the study. However, despite the increased access, actual computer usage remained limited. The article reports that factors contributing to the minimal use of computers included individual teacher agency, a crowded curriculum, and the historical use of computers. Implications for policy and practice are suggested.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet27/larkin.html
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 27
Issue Number 3
Page from 514
Page to 530
ISSN 1449-5554
Date Accessioned 2011-11-14
Date Available 2014-02-28T02:23:02Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Educational Technology and Computing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41928
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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