Technology as a Classroom Tool: Learning with Laptop Computers
Ann E. Barron (University of South Florida, USA), J. Christine Harmes (James Madison University, USA) and Katherine J. Kemker (University of South Florida, USA)
Copyright: © 2006
Laptops and other ubiquitous devices in the classroom provide powerful opportunities to integrate technology as a classroom tool that supports student learning. However, effectively using laptops to achieve learning outcomes can be a daunting task for teachers and students—at least initially. This chapter examines the research on one-to-one computers and outlines learning outcomes that can be achieved when technology is used as a classroom tool. Sample lesson plans are provided to illustrate specific learning outcomes and highlight technology literacy issues, for both teachers and students participating in wireless classrooms. The integration of laptop computers into the curriculum can create collaborative, student-centered learning environments and increase student and teacher technology literacy.