Evolution of a ten-year old full-fledged secondary school one-to-one laptop program

Article de colloque


État de publication: Publiée (2009 )

Titre des actes: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference

Éditeur: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Lieu: Chesapeake, États-Unis

Intervalle de pages: 953-960

ISBN: 978-1-880094-67-9

URL: http://www.editlib.org/p/30728/

Résumé: This school-based case study investigates the problem of achieving wide-spread and effective use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in a classroom-based learning environment part of a school-within-a-school program. Participating secondary school teachers had to innovate to integrate laptop use on a daily basis, and account for results. At the onset of the program, a university-school partnership was established for teaching and research purposes, and kept enduring throughout the ten-year period. Teachers’ instructional practice evolved over the years. This activity system was examined referring to Engeström’s activity theory framework. Factors that enhanced the evolution of collective instructional activity in such a context were identified: a concerted effort, a university-school partnership, teacher participation in professional communities, and digital and conceptual tools in use that create “cultural” synergy. Interfering factors were the following ones: technology noise, comfort-zone syndrome, and taken-for-granted success.