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Laptop Computers in the Elementary Classroom: Authentic Instruction with At-Risk Students

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Educational Media International Volume 44, Number 4, ISSN 0952-3987


This case study investigated the integration of laptop computers into an elementary classroom in a low socioeconomic status (SES) school. Specifically, the research examined classroom management techniques and aspects of authentic learning relative to the student projects and activities. A mixed methods approach included classroom observations, interviews with the teacher, interviews with the students, and analysis of student projects. The results provide insight regarding the benefits and challenges of integrating wireless technology in an elementary classroom with at-risk students. In addition, the project resulted in a web site with sample lesson plans (including objectives, required materials, NETS competencies and extension activities), teacher reflections and training tips. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)


Kemker, K., Barron, A.E. & Harmes, J.C. (2007). Laptop Computers in the Elementary Classroom: Authentic Instruction with At-Risk Students. Educational Media International, 44(4), 305-321. Retrieved April 19, 2019 from .

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