ERIC Number: EJ711552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-1
Reference Count: N/A
Looking at the Freedom to Learn Program through Different Lenses
T.H.E. Journal, v32 n8 pS1 Mar 2005
The excitement in Michigan's middle schools is around the Freedom to Learn program, a 1-to-1 wireless laptop initiative envisioned initially in 2001 by Rick Johnson, Michigan's former Speaker of the House. Today, about 20,000 Michigan middle school students and their teachers--the majority in schools not making adequate yearly progress as defined by the NCLB Act--are using HP wireless laptops to improve teaching and learning. And the early results are incredibly positive: increased motivation and excitement, improved attendance, higher student achievement, changed teaching styles, increased collaboration among teachers, and greater involvement from parents. This article briefly describes the highlights of the program and how it began.
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Attitudes, School Business Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan