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ERIC Number: ED543158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May-23
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 28
Highlighting Changes in the Classrooms of a Successful One-to-One Program in Rural Argentina: Case Studies of "Todos los Chicos en la Red" in San Luis
Light, Daniel; Pierson, Elizabeth
Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center, Inc
One-to-one computing programs and laptop programs have been a popular approach to education reform in developing countries over the last decade. A motivation behind so many one-to-one laptop programs is the desire to overcome with one powerful resource the historical lack of educational tools and resources available in developing countries. Understanding how technology fits into the complex realities of classrooms was a critical factor for change in developed nations, yet little is known about how laptop computers could be used in the classrooms of the developing world. This study sought to shed more light on the issue of information and communications technology (ICT) integration by taking a close look at how laptops were used in the classrooms of schools that were part of a successful laptop program--"Todos los Chicos en la Red" in San Luis, Argentina. In August of 2011, researchers from the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) traveled to San Luis, Argentina, to conduct research in three schools that were part of a provincial education program, "Todos los Chicos en la Red" ("All Kids Online"). "All Kids Online" is a one-to-one laptop program that provides all students with an Intel[R] Classmate PC--an affordable, durable, water-resistant netbook with full PC functionality, loaded with productivity software, education software, wireless Internet, and designed especially for students to provide a collaborative, interactive learning experience for access at home and at school. In all three of these schools the researchers saw how laptops and the ICT resources had become a daily part of learning in the classroom through a mix of pre-existing teaching-and-learning strategies being enriched and modified by the technology. Some older strategies were slowly being displaced, and new ones were emerging. In these classrooms, the Classmate PCs were being used as frequently as typical Argentine students use their copybooks, and for many of the same purposes. (Contains 2 tables and 1 footnote.)
Center for Children and Technology, Education Development Center, Inc. 96 Morton Street 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014. Tel: 212-807-4200; Fax: 212-633-8804; e-mail: cct@edcorg; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Intel Corporation
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Center for Children and Technology
Identifiers - Location: Argentina