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LeslieWilson_1-One_to_One_Computing.pdf

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Links to K12 evaluations in this doc

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LaptopLessonsRprt.pdf

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Reframe some of these ideas as recommendations

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One-to-one computing: A Summary of the Quantitative Results from the Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative (2010)

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Emerge One-to-One Laptop Learning Initiative: Final Report

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School context, but example of a more evaluative report

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Scan - One Student, One Laptop Initiative - Wits University

Scan - One Student, One Laptop Initiative - Wits University | Laptops & personal devices in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In line with its undertaking to deliver quality education, Wits University is involved in an initiative that will facilitate access to laptops for every student, preferably through ownership, although short-term rental facilities are also in place.
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Digital Literacies as a Postgraduate Attribute : JISC

Digital Literacies as a Postgraduate Attribute : JISC | Laptops & personal devices in Higher Education | Scoop.it
At the IOE, all these factors prevail. Additionally, a large proportion of our students enter after many years out of formal education, and many come from very different educational cultures.
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Postgrad level too late? What about first year undergrad?

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What to do about laptops in lectures?

What to do about laptops in lectures? | Laptops & personal devices in Higher Education | Scoop.it
There are some studies in psychology where you pretty much know what the results will be before you collect the data. But you gotta do 'em to be sure you're right. One example is a recent study (...
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Mobile computing devices in higher education: Student perspectives on learning with cellphones, smartphones & social media

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"Much of the current literature on mobile computing devices focuses on using the device to disseminate information or focuses on accessing university resources. Admittedly, these practices emphasize the transmission model of teaching and learning. In addition, some initial studies have stressed components of direct instruction, such as student practice with content (cf., Cavus and Ibrahim, 2008 and Cavus and Ibrahim, 2009). The current findings, however, provide examples of using mobile computing devices to create and interact with course content, collaborate, and learn during the course of their daily lives — often with Web 2.0 and social media tools (Greenhow, 2011 and Sharples, 2000)." 


So true:

"Furthermore, students may drive technology integration; however, it is the instructor who must lead effective ways to implement devices in learning. It is not enough to simply provide access to the device."


NB of developing digital literacies:

"In addition, the student participants within their courses seemed to blur the lines between formal and informal learning. Through the use of social media and Web 2.0 applications, students within their coursework reportedly communicated more about course content. In addition, they seemed to prefer using applications and text messaging outside of class that they already used in the course of their daily lives. Connections between the curriculum and the devices need to be made for the students to successfully interact with the course content (Geoghegan, 1994). Instructors need to use pedagogy and curriculum to integrate the technology into learning. Doing so will assist students in formal and informal learning opportunities, as learning does not stop when the student leaves the classroom. In essence, it can be argued, that with the availability of mobile devices and collaborative, social media tools, student learning begins after leaving the classroom when students can collaborate with peers and interact with their surroundings."


Learning spaces, mobility:

"Learning occurs wherever a learner is and is not tied to a space inside a brick and mortar building or even confined to aspace inside an online course management system. Learning happens regardless of location."


"the mobile device is “a contemporary paradigm for connecting, communicating and getting things done on mass-customized and yet personal relationship level that extends to the devices themselves” (Kainz, 2011, para. 12). In the end, the potential long-term impact mobile computing devices have on the higher educational learning environment is yet to be determined."

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Wireless Laptops as Means For Promoting Active Learning In Large Lecture Halls (2006)

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"Class observations showed that the use  of wireless laptops enhances student-centered, hands-on, and exploratory learning, as well  as meaningful student-to-student and student-to-instructor interactions."

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The Washington Post - Professors shut down laptops & other digital distractions

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Quite an extreme approach...But this is similar in our context:

"The trend of laptop-banning seems strongest at law schools, where discussions and understanding the material are vital to getting past the dreaded first year. Georgetown University Law Center professor David Cole bans laptops, as does University of Memphis law school professor June Entman. George Mason University law professor Michael Krauss has banned laptops for five or six years now."


Will Law students have poorer digital literacy skills as a result? How can Law schools integrate educational technology into curricula and teaching practices? Need to think beyond students just using laptops for note-taking...

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Yardi, Sarita. “Whispers in the Classroom." Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected. Edited by Tara McPherson. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Le...

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Social media backchannels, wireless devices & distraction.

"Although students have always been subject to distractions during class, in a modern wireless-enabled physical space, the possibilities for distractions increase exponentially"

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laptop-initiatives-summary-of-research-across-seven-states.pdf

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This is a summary, not really evaluation report... Although the look of it is very good

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Digital technologies boost education and research in the UK

Executive director for Jisc technology and infrastructure, reflects on how digital technologies are advancing education and research.
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"One university in London has decided not to build any additional lecture theatres, this a clear sign that teaching and learning will become more digitally enabled and therefore more flexible.

It is not about doing away with the face to face contact you get in lectures, but it is about enhancing the overall experience and looking at new ways for universities to engage with students."

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Collective review of lessons learned (2009)

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Old but some points still relevant

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Big educational laptop and tablet projects -- Ten countries to learn from

Big educational laptop and tablet projects -- Ten countries to learn from | Laptops & personal devices in Higher Education | Scoop.it
[also available in Thai] Recent headlines from places as diverse as Kenya ("6,000 primary schools picked for free laptop project") and California ("Los Angeles plans to give 640,000 students free iPads") are just two announcements  among many...
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CASTLEBrief01_LaptopPrograms.pdf

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one-to-one computing initiatives in school contexts

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Digital Literacies in Transition – A Model for Transforming Graduate Attributes : JISC

Digital Literacies in Transition – A Model for Transforming Graduate Attributes : JISC | Laptops & personal devices in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Learners have a common goal - to succeed through Higher Education and into the global market.
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Millennial engineers: Digital media and information ecology of engineering students (2013)

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"The study shows the lack of boundaries between

educational and non-educational activities, and particularly the  

habit to multitask. This has implications for the design of content
and suggests why short content – such as that available on Khan
Academy™2 – has been so popular among students."

 

 

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The impact of laptop-free zones on student performance and attitudes in large lectures

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Irrespective of method or findings, this may be a useful idea: "zoning is an effective method for accommodating both laptop users and paper note takers in the same lecture hall."

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Miracle or Menace: Teaching and Learning with Laptop Computers in the Classroom (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Miracle or Menace: Teaching and Learning with Laptop Computers in the Classroom (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Laptops & personal devices in Higher Education | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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USEFUL ---> "Here we highlight some of the practical aspects of using laptops in class. Specifically, we discuss classroom management techniques and several dangers and pitfalls we uncovered through experience."

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Nicola Pallitt's comment, November 1, 2013 6:11 AM
"if you "show and tell" faculty how to integrate the technology and provide them with sample lesson plans, they will be much more likely to leverage this new tool to facilitate learning in their classrooms."
Nicola Pallitt's comment, November 1, 2013 6:17 AM
Importance of classroom management techniques
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From Distraction to Engagement: Wireless Devices in the Classroom (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE.edu

From Distraction to Engagement: Wireless Devices in the Classroom (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Laptops & personal devices in Higher Education | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online
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"The path of technology integration in education is lined with disruptions on one side and opportunities on the other. Technology teams work to bring useful technology into teaching, all with good intentions, only to encounter unwanted side effects such as distraction and disruption in the classroom. The challenges loom large in classrooms with wireless connections, especially when universities give students ubiquitous Internet access and sometimes even the devices for such access." 


"methods for dealing with such distractions, ranging from technical control to pedagogical innovation."


Source: 

Fang, B. (2009). From distraction to engagement: Wireless devices in the classroom. Educause Quarterly, 32(4), 4-9.


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Derek Moore's curator insight, November 1, 2013 6:10 AM

Engeström's activity theory gets employed to explain how to increase student engagement using wireless devices