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ERIC Number: ED500425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 86
Abstractor: Author
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A Study of the 1:1 Laptop Program at the Denver School of Science & Technology
Zucker, Andrew A.; Hug, Sarah T.
Online Submission
Background: The states of Maine and Pennsylvania support 1:1 laptop programs in which every student is provided with a personal computer. Many other states, districts, and schools also have full or pilot 1:1 laptop programs. Purpose: As 1:1 laptop programs grow in number and size, more information is needed about the impacts on teaching, learning, and assessment when every student has a computer. Setting: The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST) is a public charter high school that first served ninth grade students in 2004-2005. The school is racially and economically diverse. About 40% of the students are from low-income families. The school's test scores have been among the highest in Denver and the entire state and the Colorado Commissioner of Education wrote in early 2008 that the school "is the example of a model high school." Study Sample: All teachers (32) and students (428) in the school were asked to complete detailed online surveys. Intervention: DSST has been a 1:1 laptop school since it started. Students in grades 9 and 10 receive laptop computers. Students in grades 11 and 12 receive tablet computers. Teachers and students make extensive use of computers for teaching, learning, and assessment. In some classes, the textbooks are electronic, stored on students' computers. Software called ExamView is used often to assess students' progress as part of a carefully designed Benchmark Assessment Program. Research Design: Descriptive; Cross-Sectional; Statistical Survey; Qualitative. Control or Comparison Condition: None. Data Collection and Analysis: Response rates on the surveys were more than 90% for teachers and above 75% for students. Other data came from interviews, document review, focus groups, and observations. Findings: DSST teachers and students use laptops daily while at school, for many purposes. This is in marked contrast to students' use of technology in the schools they attended before DSST, when the majority report that they either never used technology in regular classrooms (35%) or used computers in classrooms only once a month or less (38%). Teachers, students, and administrators are strong supporters of the 1:1 laptop program and report positive impacts on students' learning and engagement. The school's Benchmark Assessment Program makes extensive use of the laptops. Conclusion: This is a successful 1:1 laptop program in an excellent public charter high school. Two lessons stand out. First, the school does not even mention 1:1 computing in its mission statement. Instead, DSST is driven by its mission to provide an outstanding education and by its core values (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Doing Your Best, Courage, and Curiosity). Laptops are used to meet school goals, not as a separate goal. By design, much of the demand for computer applications has been generated by teachers themselves. The second lesson is that the school supports the laptop program in many ways besides loaning students computers. These include a rich vision of what constitutes excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment; professional development; software; use of administrative applications (such as Infinite Campus); on-site technical help; and other supportive elements. The laptops do not stand alone; they are well integrated and well supported by the school. As a result of the decisions that have been made by the school, DSST's 1:1 program provides a good model for other schools. Citation: Zucker, A.A. & Hug, S.T. (2007). A Study of the 1:1 Laptop Program at the Denver School of Science & Technology. Denver, CO: Denver School of Science and Technology. (Contains 10 exhibits and 2 appendices.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado