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ERIC Number: EJ826625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
Ubiquitous Wireless Laptops in Upper Elementary Mathematics
Clariana, Roy
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v28 n1 p5-21 Jan 2009
This quasi-experimental investigation considers the second year of implementation of wireless laptops (1:1 ratio) in three 6th grade mathematics classrooms in one school compared to non-laptop classrooms (5:1 ratio) in seven other schools in the district. Comprehensive mathematics software from CompassLearning delivered via the internet was structured by the teacher to align to state standards and replaced the print-based textbook. The seven non-laptop schools accessed the same software using desktop computers in the classroom and lab. In the laptop classrooms, students moved at their own pace, students assumed responsibility for their own learning, the teacher's role shifted substantially towards one-on-one interaction with each student, there was increased record-keeping to monitor student's progress, and the teacher was more willing to give responsibility for learning to the student. Analysis of achievement data showed that the laptop students significantly out-scored the non-laptop students on the four Quarterly Benchmark examinations (effect sizes ranged from 0.47 to 0.90), but not on the state examination, though the laptop school's relative rank in the district improved. The relationship between required benchmark testing and state tests is discussed and recommendations for future implementation are provided. (Contains 1 note, 2 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania