The State of Maine was the first state in the U.S.A (and in the world) to implement One-to-One Computing in schools in 2001. Former Governor of Maine, King Angus believed that students needed to acquire 21st Century Skills to have a sustainable future in the working force. Many schools in the U.S.A. started taking on the initiative of One-to-One Computing after Maine. Also in third world countries, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) along with major computer corporations provided subsidized laptops for many students worldwide. In the wake of 21st Century Skills, attaining One-to-One Computing has been a goal for most educational institutions. A private American School in Egypt initiated a pilot program providing all students in 7th and 8th grade with a laptop. In a qualitative study, based on interviews with the following: teachers, students and parents, it determined the impact One-to-One Computing had on Language Arts teaching and learning. The research examined how the One-to-One Computing Program altered teachers' pedagogical approach to teaching and how that impacted the way students learn. The research implied that teachers are more creative and has allowed for more student and peer collaboration amongst the students. Students also reported having acquired the skills needed for the 21St Century, which include: responsibility, creativity, technological literacy, and organization. One-to-One Computing has enabled students to access, review and summarize digital information quicker. 21st Century skills are required for success in the work force but should all countries and schools acquire One-to-One Computing programs? Is there a procedure that must be followed before the program is implemented in schools? The study concludes with suggestions and limitations to the study.
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(2012).Impact of one-to-one computing on middle school teaching and learning [Master's Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Haroun, Hebba. Impact of one-to-one computing on middle school teaching and learning. 2012. American University in Cairo, Master's Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.