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ERIC Number: EJ943731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1443-833X
Netbook Computers as an Appropriate Solution for 1:1 Computer Use in Primary Schools
Larkin, Kevin; Finger, Glenn
Australian Educational Computing, v26 n1 p27-34 Jul 2011
As schools increasingly move towards 1:1 computing, research is required to inform the design and provision of this access. Utilising the Activity Theory (AT) notion of contradictions and expansion as a theoretical underpinning, this article suggests netbooks as a viable option to provide 1:1 computing for primary school students. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of the netbooks were made using a modified version of Keegan's (2005) functionality/mobility and eLearning/mLearning continuum which categories mobile computing devices. Based on data collected from 119 Year Seven students and their four classroom teachers, the study revealed that the netbooks were considered an appropriate computing device providing an ideal balance between functionality and mobility in meeting the computing needs of primary school students. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
Australian Council for Computers in Education. P.O. Box 1255, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9349-3733; Fax: +61-3-9349-5356; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia