Magazine article Techniques

Laptops May Boost Learning

Magazine article Techniques

Laptops May Boost Learning

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With high expectations and a school full of eager seventh- and eighth-grade students, Kent Center School teamed up with Toshiba and Microsoft in a trial program two years ago to integrate laptop computers into the curriculum.

The Kent, Conn., school was one of 31 schools across the country selected to participate in the program. At Kent, 68 students and their teachers were issued a laptop. At the end of their second year, the school hired Metis Associates Inc. to evaluate the effects of the Learning with Laptops program. They found that both teachers and students benefited from the technology's presence in the classroom. For example, a French teacher at the school uses a special CD-ROM version of the textbook Bienvenue, where students can listen to the correct pronunciation of words and review grammar and vocabulary.

Other benefits include:

A rise in the self-esteem and creativity of special education students. Some have become so proficient on the laptops that they have become peer tutors in their classrooms. …

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