Linking Laptops to Achievement

By Kevin Bushweller — October 30, 2007 1 min read
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Thousands of public high school students in New Orleans received their own laptop computers this month. The ultimate goal of the $53 million technology initiative is to improve achievement, according to this Education Week story.

Some reseachers are very skeptical of linking laptops to student achievement gains. (See “The Laptop Revolution Has No Clothes.”)

Others, however, are finding links to student learning gains. A recent study about a statewide laptop program in Maine, for instance, suggests that it has helped improve student writing.

What have you seen in your district or state? And what impact do such programs have on student achievement and/or motivation?

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.