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Re: [school-discuss] student:computer - studies to reference?
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You could check out some of richard kozma' writings.
He has done the SITES module research that involved
increasing the ratio of computers per student in
hope that helps.
--- Matt Oquist <moquist@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Note: I'm also posting to k12osn and k12opensource;
> sorry for any
> I'm on the newly-formed school tech planning
> committee in my
> community, and at the second committee meeting I
> discussed the idea
> that there's a tipping-point at which access to
> technology naturally
> snowballs into increasing technology integration.
> (There's a bit of
> the "if you build it they will come" thinking in
> here.) I asserted
> that I believed studies had been done on such data
> points as the range
> of student:computer ratios that define such a
> The committee chairman (a school board member)
> insightfully asked if
> I could find out about such studies and report back
> at our next
> meeting -- so now I'm asking all of you. I've done
> some googling and
> I'll do some more, but what studies (formal and
> informal, but I'm
> looking for more than just opinions) do you know of
> that communicate
> concrete results such as (NOTE: I'M MAKING THIS UP
> as an EXAMPLE!):
> "Moving from a 10:1 student:computer ratio to a
> 2:1 ratio is 75%
> more likely to result in a 20% increase in math
> standardized test
> scores than moving instead to a 5:1 ratio."
> A study with results like that would be outstanding,
> of course, but
> I'll be pleasantly shocked to find one. What has
> actually been done?
> What more do we have than anecdotal evidence of the
> sort of
> tipping-point that I described?
> I'm pretty sure I snagged the phrase "tipping point"
> from one of the
> slides in Daniel Howard's presentation to the CIO of
> Atlanta Public
> Schools on their case study at Morris Brandon
> Elementary School.
> Here's what he said:
> Tipping point: must have at least 5 PCs for
> teachers to fully
> integrate into instruction, more is better for
> most teachers
> I'll follow up with Daniel to find out how many
> students those
> 5 (LTSP) PCs are covering...but what have the rest
> of you experienced
> in your own schools?
> With 1:1 as the assumed goal, what ratio will give
> us the best
> bang-for-the-buck along the way?
> Open Source Software Engineering Consultant
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