Netbook computers as an appropriate solution for 1:1 computer use in primary schools

Larkin, Kevin and Finger, Glenn (2011) Netbook computers as an appropriate solution for 1:1 computer use in primary schools. Australian Educational Computing, 26 (1). pp. 27-34. ISSN 0816-9020

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As schools increasingly move towards 1:1 computing, research is required to inform the design and provision of this access. Utilising the Activity Theory (AT) notion of contractions and expansion as a theoretical underpinning, this article suggests netbooks as a viable option to provide 1:1 computing for primary school students. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of the netbooks were made using a modified version of Keegan’s (2005) Functionality / mobility and eLearning / mLearning continuum which categories mobile computing devices. Based on data collected from 119 Year Seven students and their four classroom teachers, the study revealed that the netbooks were considered an appropriate computing device providing an ideal balance between mobility and functionality in meeting the computing needs of primary school students.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 10:32
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 04:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: computers; primary education; 1:1 computing; mLearning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170203 Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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