Investigating student netbook usage using activity theory

Larkin, Kevin M. and Finger, Glenn (2010) Investigating student netbook usage using activity theory. In: 2010 Australian Computers in Education Conference: Digital Diversity (ACEC 2010), 6-9 Apr 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

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As schools move to 1:1 computing, research is required to inform the design and provision of access and usage by students. Drawing upon Activity Theory as the conceptual framework, and through employing a mixed method methodology, this study seeks to determine whether or not netbooks are an appropriate computing device for Year Seven students. Specifically, it investigated whether or not the ratio or quantum of access to the devices was a significant factor in these effects in the following variations of student access to netbooks:
• 1:1 student to netbook access - five days per week for six weeks;
• 1:1 student to netbook access - three days per week for ten weeks;
• 2:1 student to netbook access - five days per week for six weeks; and,
• 2:1 student to netbook access - three days per week for ten weeks.

This paper reports early findings of that study designed to investigate four patterns of access and usage in four Year 7 classes in a Non-Government Primary School in Queensland.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright: Proceedings published on CD ROM and at Retrieved from,
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Larkin
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2010 05:55
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 01:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1:1 computing; netbooks; mLearning; computers in education; activity theory
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)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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