1-To-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work

1-To-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work

1-To-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work

1-To-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work


"A timely book.... 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs that Work is a comprehensive resource for planning and implementing laptop programs in the classroom."--CDW-G Newsletter


My Story

In May 2004, I graduated from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia with an MS in education and technology. My thesis project was a qualitative case study of the technology use and skills of seventh-grade students at The Peck School in Morristown, New Jersey, where I am head of technology. Truly a labor of love, this project allowed me to interview bright, articulate students to find out how they studied and learned with computers.

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at The Peck School have enjoyed 1-to-1 access to laptop computers since 1998. As I pursued my thesis research, I began to wonder what influence this ubiquitous access was having on students’ studying and learning. I also wondered how having a powerful “digital assistant” of their very own might be affecting their learning. Might 1-to-l access be enhancing the development of metacognitive thinking skills? By the end of my research, I was convinced that this was, indeed, the case for the small sample of students I interviewed.

As educators, we create and assess academic work and provide students with tools to do that work. My research brought home to me the paramount importance of those tools and the impact they can have on student performance. Why shouldn’t we give students the best and most effective tools to do the work we want them to accomplish? Even more important, if we give students advanced tools and observe how they use them to organize and challenge themselves, what will this tell us about teaching and learning that we haven’t even envisioned?

These are the insights and questions that led me to write 1-to-l Learning: Laptop Programs That Work. My experience writing this book and interviewing scores of people who have planned and implemented 1-to-l programs across the country has only reinforced my convictions about the cognitive and educational value of ubiquitous access to technology. Putting a computer in the hands of every child—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—is key to meaningful, effective integration of technology in education.

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