Schools all over the country are developing technology plans to implement “ubiquitous computing” in some form. By “ubiquitous computing,” people usually mean a combination of two key ingredients: wireless networking which provides high-speed Internet access, and a 1-to-1 computer-to-student ratio, achieved in most cases by the acquisition of laptops. The educational press has reported on many experiments such as the Maine Laptop Initiative, and similar programs at the local and state level. The new XO, “$100” computer provides an added dimension of affordability and innovation, along with the attractive vision of universal access to computer power and the many gifts of the World-Wide Web.
This interim report serves as an overview and introduction to the Year 3 Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative student results. Currently, the Boston College research team is analyzing three years of teacher and student survey data collected across five 1:1 laptop settings and two comparison sites where 1:1 technology did not exist. In addition, we are exploring the different uses of student and teacher technology use with measures of student achievement. The final report will be issued on or before March 31, 2009.
The Journal of Technology, Learning and Assessment
Laptop Learning: A Comparison of Teaching and Learning in Upper Elementary Classrooms Equipped With Shared Carts of Laptops and Permanent 1:1 Laptops