Examining Issues Critical to 1:1 Learning Environments: English Language Learners (ELLs)
Jeni Corn, Rodolfo Argueta, Jennifer Tingen, North Carolina State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In the spring of 2008, the North Carolina State Board of Education awarded a contract to a university-based research institute to conduct a 3-year evaluation of the North Carolina 1:1 Learning Technology Initiative (NC1:1LTI) pilot schools The evaluation includes eight Early College high schools and ten traditional high schools. In these schools, every teacher and student received a laptop computer and wireless Internet access was provided throughout the school. The purpose of this critical issue paper was to explore the impact of the NC1:1LTI on various areas of the learning experience of English Language Learners (ELLs). Data were gathered through an online student survey and separate focus groups with administrators, teachers, and ELLs. The findings of the study suggest that the NC1:1LTI has helped to narrow the gap in access to technology between ELLs and non-ELLs. Benefits of the initiative to ELLs included equity, engagement, development of 21st century skills, and more opportunities to practice their English skills.
Corn, J., Argueta, R. & Tingen, J. (2011). Examining Issues Critical to 1:1 Learning Environments: English Language Learners (ELLs). In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2394-2399). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).