Netbook computers as an appropriate solution for 1:1 computer use in primary schools

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Title Netbook computers as an appropriate solution for 1:1 computer use in primary schools
Author Larkin, Kevin; Finger, Glenn
Journal Name Australian Educational Computing
Editor Professor Geoff Romeo
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Council for Computers in Education
Abstract As schools increasingly move towards 1:1 computing, research is required to inform the design and provision of this access. Utilising the Activity Theory (AT) notion of contractions and expansion as a theoretical underpinning, this article suggests netbooks as a viable option to provide 1:1 computing for primary school students. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of the netbooks were made using a modified version of Keegan’s (2005) Functionality / mobility and eLearning / mLearning continuum which categories mobile computing devices. Based on data collected from 119 Year Seven students and their four classroom teachers, the study revealed that the netbooks were considered an appropriate computing device providing an ideal balance between mobility and functionality in meeting the computing needs of primary school students.
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Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2011. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Volume 26
Issue Number 1
Page from 27
Page to 34
ISSN 0816-9020
Date Accessioned 2011-11-14
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Educational Technology and Computing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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