ERIC Number: ED477110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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Integration of Laptops into a K-12 Learning Environment: A Case Study of a Science Teacher in the Middle School.
This case study identifies the feasible approaches to integrate laptops into a science learning environment in middle school. The observation of learning activities and teaching strategies took place in the 8th grade science classroom with seventeen students for five class periods and data from the teacher's opinion gathered by interview. The results reveal the strategies the teacher used with laptops in the classroom including problem-based learning, project-based learning, collaborative learning, hands-on activities, and having students use laptops as cognitive tools. With appropriate strategies, laptops can be used as cognitive tools and they can enhance the possibility of shifting the teacher's role from lecturer to facilitator. Integrating laptops into the classroom involves the following: making use of laptops as cognitive tools, employing constructivist approaches, providing curriculum support, managing logistics of the classroom, and reducing distraction. (Contains 16 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Design, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, Science Education, Science Instruction, Technology Integration
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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