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ERIC Number: ED535434
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: ISBN-1-8966-6034-7
ISSN: N/A
A Review of New Brunswick's Dedicated Notebook Research Project: One-to-One Computing--A Compelling Classroom-Change Intervention
Milton, Penny
Canadian Education Association
The Canadian Education Association (CEA) was commissioned by Hewlett-Packard Canada to create a case study describing the development, implementation and outcomes of New Brunswick's Dedicated Notebook Research Project. The New Brunswick Department of Education designed its research project to assess impacts on teaching and learning of dedicated access to notebook computers by students in the specific context of New Brunswick's schools. Similar initiatives are usually referred to as one-to-one (1:1) laptop programs. An external research team of faculty members from Mount Allison and St. Francis Xavier Universities was contracted by the Department of Education to evaluate the initiative. This review is based on the available research reports, documents provided by the New Brunswick Department of Education and interviews with provincial staff, participating school district staff, as well as principals and teachers in New Brunswick's Anglophone Sector. This review aligns with CEA's overall research priorities that aim to inspire new perspectives, nurture innovative thinking, and facilitate knowledge exchange among others who share a vision for educational and social transformation in Canada. Findings from this and a growing number of studies of similar initiatives have demonstrated positive impacts of specific uses of technology on student engagement and motivation, and in creating more inclusive learning environments. The added value of unlimited computer access by students lies in the quality of learning activities designed by teachers to engage students in meaningful work. Implementation of dedicated notebook or one-to-one laptop programs are best considered as a pedagogical strategy rather than a technology initiative. (Contains 7 notes.) [Funding for this paper was provided by Hewlett-Packard Canada.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 7; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Education Association
Identifiers - Location: Canada