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Laptops for Teachers: an evaluation of the first year of the initiative

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Department for Education and Skills
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  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Education

Abstract

BEC4655 LFT Evaluation A/W ICT in Schools Research and Evaluation Series – No.19 Laptops for Teachers An Evaluation of the First Year of the Initiative Mark Cunningham, Kirstin Kerr, Rhona McEune, Paula Smith, Sue Harris. National Foundation for Educational Research 1 Executive Summary 3 1 Background and aims 6 1.1 Objectives 6 2 The impact of Laptops for Teachers on teaching and learning 9 2.1 Access to teaching materials 9 2.1.1 Internet access 9 2.1.2 Other related ICT resources 11 2.1.3 Creation of resources 11 2.2 Use as teaching aid 12 2.2.1 Demonstrational value 12 2.2.2 Literacy support 13 2.3 Development of teachers’ and pupils’ ICT skills 14 2.3.1 Extending the use of ICT 15 2.3.2 Extending the range of software packages used 15 2.3.3 Developing students’ ICT skills 16 2.4 Student and teacher motivation 16 2.4.1 Effect on student attainment 17 2.5 Development in use of laptops 17 3 Impact of Laptops for Teachers on management and administration to support teaching and learning 19 3.1 Lesson preparation and planning 19 3.2 Assessment, reporting and pupil tracking 20 3.2.1 Assessment 20 3.2.2 Preparation of individual education plans (IEPs) 21 3.2.3 Attendance data 21 3.3 Class and school management 21 3.3.1 Routine administration and data management 21 3.3.2 Communication with external agencies 22 3.3.3 Whole school management 22 3.3.4 Confidential data 23 3.4 Managing administrative tasks 23 Contents 4 Whole school impact 25 4.1 Allocation of laptops 25 4.1.1 Who made the decisions about allocation 26 4.1.2 Contextual issues affecting allocation 26 4.1.3 Management responsibilities 26 4.1.4 To enhance classroom practice 26 4.2 The use of laptops to enhance communication within and outside schools 27 4.3 The use of laptops to improve internal procedures 29 4.4 Laptops and professional development 29 4.5 School ownership model 29 4.6 Optimal use of laptops: practical considerations for schoo

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