February 21, 2017
February 21, 2017
- Welcome back from the long weekend!
- Mass on Friday followed by Town Hall and please get your SK names to Cris by Thursday.
- Art Docent Show on Thursday evening.
- 2nd Trimester ends on Friday.
- Here’s a timely and relevant piece as we are looking at one-to-one laptops for our upper grades next year entitled “Learning in One-to-One Laptop Environments: A Meta-Analysis and Research Synthesis” by Binbin Zheng, Mark Warschauer, Chin-Hsi Lin, and Chi Chang in Review of Educational Research, December 2016. “The effects of new technology on teaching and learning are one of the most hotly debated topics in U.S. education,” say Binbin Zheng, Chin-Hsi Lin, and Chi Chang (Michigan State University) and Mark Warschauer (University of California/Irvine) in this Review of Educational Research article. Skeptics point to the failure of previous technological innovations to change basic classroom dynamics; Stanford professor Larry Cuban famously said, “Computer meets classroom: classroom wins” and computers are “oversold and underused.”
Zheng, Lin, Chang, and Warschauer believe Cuban may be right if computers are sparsely scattered among classrooms, but they say that when each student has access to a computer, it’s a different ball game. Their meta-analysis on the efficacy of one-to-one laptop programs concludes that the potential effects “are radically different from those of radio, television, and film, which explains why computers, unlike those previous technologies, are bound to have a very different educational fate from the one suggested by Cuban…” I’ll report two of their findings today and the rest tomorrow:
• The teaching-learning environment
– One-to-one computer access increased student-centered, individualized, and project-based instruction, enhanced students’ engagement, and improved teacher-student and home-school relationships. Students were generally enthusiastic and used their laptops productively for drafting, revising, and sharing writing and for personal access of information.
• Academic achievement
– Students with one-to-one access showed significant improvement in science, math, English, and writing, with increased quantity and genres of writing.
- Have a good day and week!