Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. Learning in one-to-one laptop environments: A meta-analysis and research synthesis. While literature reviews and research syntheses have been conducted previously on laptop programs, this meta-analytic study is the first ever on this topic.

Stop asking whether laptops improve learning outcomes

eSchool News

It’s a question we hear all too often—from parents, technology critics, and, of course, the news media: Do those pricey laptops schools buy actually improve academic results? Laptops by themselves change little. Introducing laptops while not changing the teaching and learning paradigm is of little use, and may even produce negative academic outcomes. Is it simply because laptops are a visible component and thus are easy to measure?


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In the News: On the Nevada Ready 21 1:1 Laptop Program

Doug Levin

” … As the program continues to grow, Levin thinks it will be increasingly important for the state to demonstrate learning gains and assess how representative early cohorts will be in predicting Ready 21’s future success. Blog In the News News 1:1 Education Week evaluation laptop program researchAs quoted in: Schwartz, Sarah. Nevada Recommits Funding for State 1-to-1 Program.” Education Week. 21 September 2017.

In the News: On the Nevada Ready 21 1:1 Laptop Program

Doug Levin

” … As the program continues to grow, Levin thinks it will be increasingly important for the state to demonstrate learning gains and assess how representative early cohorts will be in predicting Ready 21’s future success. Blog In the News News 1:1 Education Week evaluation laptop program researchAs quoted in: Schwartz, Sarah. Nevada Recommits Funding for State 1-to-1 Program.” Education Week. 21 September 2017.

GradeCam: The Teacher’s Friend for Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

It will also help you with both formative and summative assessments, and it will enter your grades into any electronic grade book directly from GradeCam. Simple Assessments of All Kinds. First, let’s look at the ways you can use GradeCam for assessments. Setting up assessments is fast and easy. There are many types of assessments in GradeCam including handwritten numeric. One of the advantages of GradeCam is the quick feedback that you get for your assessments.

Top Tips for Fast Formative Assessment that Works

The CoolCatTeacher

That’s because, formative assessment is in my toolkit and I’m empowered to poll the whole class with a click. Formative assessment is here. Different from summative assessment, the goal of formative assessment is to know what they know as knowledge is forming in their minds. Equally important, the point of formative assessment is NOT to take another grade. GradeCam: Today’s Sponsor is a Formative Assessment Wonder.

Move Over, Laptop Ban. This Professor Teaches a 5-Hour Tech-Less Reading Class.


David Peña-Guzman starts off his Friday class at San Francisco State University like any other professor might: students file in and pull out their note-taking materials, and he opens his laptop to begin lecture. Photo: Sydney Johnson) One question he often gets is: How do you assess such a course? Some faculty members point to research showing how laptops can be more of a distraction than a learning enabler.

Do one-to-one laptop programs improve learning?

eSchool News

A Michigan State University study found surprising results when researchers analyzed laptop programs. Students who receive a laptop computer from their school tend to see a noticeable increase in academic achievement, a Michigan State University study reveals. Correct implementation is key, Zheng emphasized, and simply distributing laptops to students will not boost achievement. Just putting a laptop before a student doesn’t really help them with anything,” Zheng said.

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Check out the International Center for Educational Leadership's ( ICLE ) vast services and Digital Practice Assessment (DPA) process to fill this gap. 1:1 1:1 laptop program COVID19 edtech ICLE Professional Development professional learning remote learningThe COVID19 pandemic unearthed many harsh realities for education across the globe. One of the more glaring issues was the vast digital divide that still exists in many places, especially the United States.

zSpace Unveils World’s First AR/VR Laptop


CHICAGO – June 25, 2018 – According to a national study by , schools with one-to-one laptop environments show higher levels of academic achievement. Now with today’s launch of the world’s first augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) laptop from Silicon Valley company, zSpace Inc., Today’s launch of the zSpace Laptop takes that experience to the next level, moving our comfortable, interactive learning experience to the accessibility and affordability of the mobile platform.”

Why combining assessments and LMS technology is essential

eSchool News

Assessments are more than just measuring how well students are doing in particular subjects in school, and they can actually improve student learning. In fact, frequent assessments can have a positive impact on a student’s education from kindergarten through college. Educators can make in-class quizzes easier by allowing students to use their mobile device or laptop to access the LMS platform to quickly complete quizzes.

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Kids Discover Online unveils custom assessments feature

eSchool News

Kids Discover , a provider of engaging science and social studies curriculum, announced that its interactive digital library, Kids Discover Online, now includes custom assessment capabilities. The newly added Assessments tool gives educators full control to create, distribute, and assess custom quizzes, tests, and homework assignments directly within the platform. The Assessments feature was in high demand, so we built it.”.

Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit – Guest Post from Reshan Richards


I have recently been writing about the qualitative formative assessment toolkit (QFAT for short) which is something that has come out of my research on and practice with mobile devices, multimedia, and formative assessment. It is comprised of four media authoring approaches available on most smartphones, tablets, and laptops: making photos, taking screenshots, filming videos, and screencasting.

New app expands assessment options for students, schools

eSchool News

App aims to increase schools’ ability to administer measures of academic progress assessments in K-8 classrooms. The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) launched a new iPad app to enable students to take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and MAP for Primary Grades (MPG) assessments using touchscreen technology. We believe this new app will enhance both the student and teacher experience with assessments by enabling test taking by touch.”. Apps Assessments News

Free Family Engagement Tool For Impacted Schools and Districts

eSchool News

Unlike other online initiatives, Family Playlists use families’ phones, so families can fully participate without having a laptop or computer at home. The resulting reports give teachers valuable assessment data and critical insights that enable them to see their students as whole children. The collaborative platform features a vetted selection of high-quality activities, assessments, and interactives for K-12 in addition to on-demand professional development resources.

Edtech Tools Get Creative With Formative Assessments


The website allows you to assess students’ learning in a fun and engaging way, and it is very simple to use. Students can use computers, laptops and mobile devices such as tablets and cell phones. The even cooler feature is that Brainrush automatically differentiates the assessment based on the answers the student gives. The quiz will automatically assess the student on those missed questions until they achieve a higher accuracy rate.

Asking the Right Questions About Mobile Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Has staff been trained in digital pedagogy (lesson/project design, assessment, etc.)? 1:1 1:1 laptop program BYOD BYOT mobile learning mobile learning devicesAs of late I have been engaged in a great amount of work either assisting districts and schools as they begin to implement mobile learning ( 1:1, BYOD ) or helping them get their programs on track. Over six and a half years ago I helped successfully implement a Bring Your Own Device initiative in my school.

Implementing Mobile Devices With a Focus on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Hypothetically, effective mobile learning can empower learners by enabling them to better assess and select relevant information, redefine their goals, and reconsider their understanding of concepts within a shifting and growing frame of reference (the information context).” — Marguerite L. points higher on the state assessments than their peers who did not use them. 1:1 laptop program BYOD mobile learning mobile learning devices Uncommon Learning

Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment

Learning in Hand

Formative assessment is how teachers collect information about what students know, don’t know, and want to learn. Formative assessment takes many forms, including exit tickets, discussions, games, and quizzes. These kinds of informal assessments can also help teachers get to know their students as learners and as people. There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can be used for free (often charging for extra features).

Assessing Social-Emotional Skills Can Be Fuzzy Work; SELweb Offers Concrete Data


He’s the man behind SELweb , an online tool designed to assess K-3 students’ social-emotional learning (SEL), their ability to recognize and manage emotions and build healthy relationships. The assessments are meant to work in tandem with SEL curriculums—a supplement rather than replacement. And unlike traditional assessment tools, which rely on self-reporting by students or teachers , SELweb is made up of online tasks that test skills directly.

6 Reasons the Intel 2 in 1 is the Perfect Fit for Effectively Designed Blended Learning Spaces #intelEdu2in1


Beyond the obvious: it’s a touch screen plus laptop, the suite of resources available are engaging and thought provoking. Intel Education is saving teachers time by curating amazing resources, lesson ideas, lesson plans, rubrics, interactive textbooks, assessments, and more - all in one spot! 2 in 1 blended learning classroom devices Intel Intel 2 in 1 Intel Education laptops for kids tablets for kids teaching

Summer 2017 Learning Series-Embracing Formative Assessment

The Web20Classroom

From there we will look at Formative Assessment and how easy it is to do today. One area of improvement still to this day I wish I could go back and improve even more was assessment. Mainly, embracing formative assessment. Delivering content to my students, assess at the end, remediate if necessary. This evolution should (and is) cause a shift for all teachers to look to formative assessment as the basis for understanding where students are in their learning.

Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

The purpose of my trip here was to learn about the deployment, facilitation, and observable impact of 1:1 laptop programs in various Iowa school districts. First a little history on 1:1 laptop programs in Iowa. Obviously the state of Iowa noticed something beneficial result from these programs as the number of 1:1 laptop schools tripled. Teachers can easily and effectively differentiate content, projects, and assessments for students.

Testing Giving You The Blues? Get Creative with EdTech Formative Assessments


There are so many ways that kids can creatively show you their learning in a timely and efficient manner, and ways teachers can conduct assessments that take away the testing anxiety that plagues so many kids. Creative Formative Assessments Can Help: Save time assessing students. Provide and adapt digital tools for assessment that make sense and are appropriate for a particular learning style. What are some digital tools that you use to to assess students in a fun way?

What is Kiddom? Why is it right for you? And free resources to inform your teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

The ideal would be to have all assignments, assessment, and submittals for each student curated in one spot that automatically updates as the year progresses–and provides actionable reports. Here are details you’ll like: All relevant teacher information is included on the teacher dashboard with links to dig deeper into standards, students, assessments, assignments, and more. Teachers create assessments aligned with pre-selected standards.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digital devices, be they iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, Macs, or PCs, give students access to endless amounts of web-based resources for research, inquiry, collaboration, sharing, and more. It has become increasingly possible to personalize learning–adapt resources and assessments to student skills and needs and differentiate lessons that are pushed out to individual students or small groups ( read: Shifting my Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials ). Teaching assessments pd

How to Prepare Students for PARCC/SBACC Tests

Ask a Tech Teacher

By starting these tasks in Fall, you’ll be ready when yearly assessments arrive in April-May: Between March and June, 2015, nearly five million students in 11 states and the District of Columbia completed the PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing to measure student accomplishment of Common Core State Standards in the areas of mathematics and English/language arts. I polled my PLN to find specific tech areas students needed help with in preparing for the Assessments.

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When It Comes to Technology and Engineering, National Report Card Confirms: Girls Rule


Pretty well, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—also known as the Nation’s Report Card. And it’s good news: Students tested in 2018 showed improvements over those in 2014, the year the first NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment was administered. The assessment featured 15 scenario-based tasks, which incorporated video clips, audio, animation and text, as well as 77 discrete questions.

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Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Doug: Kids walk in there.They hand them a Mac laptop. You want to make sure that your formative assessments are based on where the student is at, not some kind of standard that every student in your classroom has to jump through. Doug Green on episode 284 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Differentiated math instruction using Front Row: adaptive math for K-8 classrooms!


Have them log in on the right side of the iPad app, or on their laptop here. adaptive math adaptive math assessments common core math app education elementary math apps front row front row ed iPad assessments math app printable common core math pages teaching I have started using a FREE new math program this spring called Front Row.

Test Anxiety Is Crippling Students. Giving Them a Breather Can Help.


I wonder if he is going to be able to take our weekly formative assessment today, or if it will be another case of him rapidly clicking through the test simply to complete it. I have often felt that I am either always preparing my students for a test or administering one As we progress through the morning, my students are finishing up their post-lesson assessment on their laptops. And every week there are required fluency- and standards-based assessments to get through too.

Snapshots Of Understanding? 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips

TeachThought - Learn better.

Exit tickets are a simple, quick and oftentimes insightful formative assessment method employed close to the end of a lesson. Socrative lets educators assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops or smartphones (ideal for BYOD environments). Students are able to add audio, text or video responses for a media-centric assessment experience. Assessment Featured Teaching Technology formative assessment Snapshots Of Understanding?


Making the case for paperless schools


to teaching, learning, and assessment processes – comes in with a lot of paperwork. In other words, the information is stored more effectively in the long term memory if students take notes by hand instead of typing on their laptops.

Can Individual Tests Really Measure Collaboration?


At the end of next school year, thousands of high school students will sit down at individual workstations, laptops in hand, for an end-of-course exam. We reflected and determined we had an opportunity to change the way we assess students to look and feel more like the in-classroom experience,” says Michelle Gough, a senior vice president for Project Lead the Way and its chief legal and assessment officer. Education Technology Assessments Technology in School


Removing the Limitations in a Digital Environment

Fractus Learning

High-quality learning can happen on laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, or cell phones. If you only had six laptops in your classroom, how would you best utilize them? Another center had the classroom’s six laptops to work on English-language learning skills. An art teacher I am working with has students bring laptops from a STEM lab with them to art class. I was in her classroom the first time that she pulled laptops into her instruction.