ERIC Number: ED462937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
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Evaluation of a Laptop Program: Successes and Recommendations.
Lowther, Deborah L.; Ross, Steven M.; Morrison, Gary R.
The overall purpose of this evaluation study was to determine the effectiveness of providing 5th and 6th grade students in Walled Lake Consolidated Schools (WLCS) (Tennessee) with access to laptop computers with regard to classroom learning activities, technology usage, and writing achievement. The Laptop Program classrooms were equipped with wireless access to the Internet and printers. The program also provided students and parents the opportunity to receive training on basic computer skills. The evaluation was structured around three primary research questions: (1) Is teaching different in a Laptop classroom? (2) Do students behave differently in a Laptop classroom? and (3) Do students achieve differently in a Laptop classroom? Data were gathered through classroom observations, student writing test scores, student surveys and focus groups, teacher surveys and interviews, and parent surveys and interviews. In this evaluation of the first year of the Laptop Program, the results were consistently supportive of beneficial impacts on students, teachers, and parents. Specifically, all three groups believed that the program was positively changing teaching and learning both at school and at home. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Grade 5, Grade 6, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys, Training, Writing Achievement
For full text: http://confreg.uoregon.edu/necc2001/program/.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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