ERIC Number: ED358822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Year One of Project Pulse: Pupils Using Laptops in Science and English. A Final Report. Technical Report No. 26.
McMillan, Katie; Honey, Margaret
A year-long study was conducted with a class of 25 eighth graders, their English and science teachers, and the school computer supervisor at a school in Roselle (New Jersey). The structure and goals of the project, called PULSE, for Pupils Using Laptops in Science and English, are described. Research questions focused on the development of teachers' goals and practices and their relation to the technology, the development of project-based activities, the development of student writing skills, and the impact of local telecommunications on teacher and student interaction. A high level of student and teacher motivation, the role of the teacher in facilitating student use of the technology, and an increase in technological competence were themes that were significant in the positive experiences of teachers and students. The portability of the laptops and the availability of integrated tool-based software were particularly useful in science education. Most of the students used the laptops as portable diaries to keep journals, write stories, and complete assignments. A holistic measure of writing scores for a randomly selected group of students indicated marked improvement in their ability to communicate persuasively, organize their ideas effectively, and use a broad vocabulary effectively. The local bulletin board was heavily used by teachers, who also managed to leverage this project into a way of bringing other badly needed resources into their school. Seven figures and two tables present study findings. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, English Instruction, Grade 8, Holistic Approach, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Microcomputers, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Skill Development, Student Journals, Student Motivation, Teacher Role, Telecommunications, Writing Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Technology in Education, New York, NY.