Laptop orthodoxy: is portable computing the answer for education?

Albion, Peter (1999) Laptop orthodoxy: is portable computing the answer for education? Australian Educational Computing, 14 (1). pp. 5-9. ISSN 0816-9020


The educational benefits of computing have been demonstrated but are not widely enjoyed. Laptop computers are promoted as the way to transfer the benefits to larger numbers of students. However, there has been little serious debate about the advantages and disadvantages of laptops relative to alternatives. Few of the benefits claimed for laptop programs are specific to the use of laptops and the expense puts them beyond the reach of many schools or reduces the capacity to provide other resources. More affordable alternatives may be capable of delivering the same benefits to a broader population. At the very least educators need to seriously examine the alternatives.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 04:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: laptop; 1 to 1; ICT integration
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0805 Distributed Computing > 080502 Mobile Technologies
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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