Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1:1 Laptop Meta-Analysis

Michigan State University examined 15 years of 1:1 laptop studies, and found that these initiatives boost student scores. Among the findings are: a 1:1 laptop environment often leads to more frequent and broader tech us, usually for writing processes. 1:1 laptop deployment sometimes increases student-centered, project-based learning. When all students have laptops, student motivation, engagement,  persistence, and problem-solving skills increase. It is uncertain whether 1:1 laptop programs overcome inequities.
Zheng, B., Warschauer, M., Lin, C. H., & Chang, C. (2016). Learning in one-to-one laptop environment: A meta-analysis and research synthesis.  Review of Educational Research, 0034654316628645.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lifelong learning sites research

A recent Pew research on lifelong learning and technology revealed that "A large majority of Americans seek extra knowledge for personal and work-related reasons. Digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, but place-based learning remains vital to many and differences in education and income are a hallmark of people’s learning activities." By significant margins (81% to 52% for personal learners and 75% to 55% for professional learners), people pursue training in a location (like a library) rather than on the Internet.
Pew Research Center. (2016). Lifelong learning and technology. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center.