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Evolving pedagological perceptions of teachers integrating ubiquitous computing in their classrooms: A case study of the South Dakota laptop program


2009 2009

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With technology changing the world at a rapid rate, the impact of ubiquitous computing in the classroom has had an influence on education. As the number of one-to-one laptop initiatives grows, the need for further research on the effects of teaching and learning also increases. This case study sought to examine changes in teaching that resulted from the implementation of a one-to-one laptop initiative involving the South Dakota Classroom Connections project. The multi-site study interviewed teachers and administrators involved in the program.

From these interviews several conclusions were drawn from the findings. Among them are that teaching strategies evolve as teachers continue to use laptops and that teaching practices become more constructivist in a one-to-one environment. The study supported the current research that professional development is essential to successfully implementing a one-to-one initiative. The research found that certain aspects of student learning are enhanced with laptops including students being more engaged, motivated, and organized. Teachers reported that students research, write, and communicate more with laptops. The notion of lesson adaptability also emerged from the study. Teachers discussed how increased access to the Internet enabled them to immediately adapt their lessons to the students' questions making learning more relevant. Finally, evidence from this study also suggests laptops enhance 21st century skills.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational technology;
Pedagogy;
Perceptions;
Case studies;
Distance learning
Classification
0710: Educational technology
Identifier / keyword
Education; Laptop; One-to-one computing; South Dakota; Technology; Technology integration
Title
Evolving pedagological perceptions of teachers integrating ubiquitous computing in their classrooms: A case study of the South Dakota laptop program
Author
Pogany, Wade S.
Number of pages
146
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0203
Source
DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109542899
Advisor
Baron, Mark
University/institution
University of South Dakota
University location
United States -- South Dakota
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3388228
ProQuest document ID
304995339
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304995339
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