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ERIC Number: ED506127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Emerge One-to-One Laptop Learning Initiative: Year One Report
Alberta Education
The Emerge One-to-One Laptop Learning Project (Emerge) was established in 2006 by Alberta Education to investigate the efficacy of wireless computing for learning and teaching. In 2007, the Alberta provincial government awarded 3-year grants to 20 Alberta jurisdictions. Based on the projections in the awardees' applications, the project anticipated impacting 2,502 students, 173 teachers, and 47 administrators within 50 schools in the 20 Alberta jurisdictions. This Year 1 Interim report represents initial baseline data from the 2007-08 school year, plus some limited spring 2008 follow-ups. The baseline data included educator surveys, student surveys, point-of-contact surveys, site visitations, and observations from the provincial community of practice and summer events. The spring follow-ups included point-of-contact surveys, student engagement surveys with only those students not continuing into year 2, and site visitations in all 20 jurisdictions. The Emerge evaluation is intended to answer the following research questions: (1) What are the potential educational benefits of one-to-one laptop learning?; (2) What are the technical merits and innovative practices in one-to-one wireless learning?; (3) What expertise, experience and lessons learned have come from the Emerge One-to-One Laptop Learning Project in Alberta?; (4) What is the level of jurisdictional and provincial readiness for systemically advancing 21st Century Learning and effective uses of technology in learning?; and (5) What are the trends and/or variances across indicators over time? While it is too early in the project to answer completely the 5 research questions, findings have emerged from the baseline data. This initial report is focused on question 4, the jurisdictional and provincial readiness for systemically advancing 21st Century Learning and effective uses of technology in learning. Readiness is defined as the alignment of 7 interdependent dimensions within the education system related to 21st Century Learning and educational technology: (1) Forward Looking, Shared Vision. Does the jurisdiction have a forward-thinking shared vision with strong commitment on the part of students, educators, and community? (2) Systems Thinking. Has the jurisdiction aligned policies, procedures, and funding in support of achieving the vision? (3) 21st Century Skills and Instructional Approaches. Has the jurisdiction redesigned learning to focus on 21st Century Skills, in the context of the academics? (4) 21st Century Learning Environment. Has the jurisdiction established learning environments and learning cultures that integrate 21st Century Skills, academics, high tech tools, and emergent research from the learning sciences? (5) Educator Proficiency with 21C Learning. Are educators in the jurisdiction proficient in designing, implementing, and evaluating 21st Century Learning in practice? (6) Access and Infrastructure. Do students and educators have high-quality access to the Internet and other communication networks sufficient to achieve their learning and teaching goals? and (7) Accountability/Results. Has the jurisdiction established and implemented metrics for evaluating 21st Century Learning? Is the jurisdiction using the results to ensure continuous improvement by students through more effective school projects? (Contains 6 tables 12 figures.) [This report was produced by the Stakeholder Technology Branch, Alberta Education.]
Alberta Education. 11th Floor Capital Boulevard, 10044 - 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6, Canada. Tel: 780-427-6297; Fax: 780-427-5927; e-mail: Library.Learning@gov.ab.ca; Web site: http://education.alberta.ca
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Education
Identifiers - Location: Canada