Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Toward One-to-One Computing-The Research

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Toward One-to-One Computing-The Research

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COMMENT:

Thirty international studies involving students who were in a one-to-one Computing environment were synthesized, and the researchers concluded that these students were more technology literate and better writers because of word processing. However, the research studies did not indicate a rise in achievement in core subjects such as math and social studies (Penuel, 2006).

In another study, 186 teachers in fourth- and eighth-grade classrooms in 11 southern rural school districts rated themselves on the use of constructivist principles, through a $10 million technology grant. After extensive professional development, those teachers who rated themselves as constructivist were those who had adopted their personal computers as extensions of themselves; that is, the computer was used in all aspects of their personal lives (Rakes, Fields, & Cox, 2006).

IMPLICATIONS:

Technology is becoming a part of the culture of education, supporting Tom Friedman's idea of the flat-world society (2005).

Teachers who personally embrace computers as a part of their everyday lives are the most likely to use that technology in constructivist teaching methods. This news is important for teacher-librarians who are seeking collaborative partners in building improved learning experiences.

It is still a challenge to link technology with content learning in the core subjects. Better measures and improved educational practices with technology are still needed.

REFERENCES

Friedman, T. L. (2005). The world is flat: A brief history of the twenty-first century. …

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