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Abstract Title: Laptop Usage In An Introductory Physics Class: A Tale Of The Haves And The Have-Nots
Abstract: Recently, some attention has been paid in the literature to the advantages and disadvantages of allowing students to use laptop computers in a classroom setting.  Previous studies have shown that laptops or tablet PCs can be used to promote active learning, but can also be a distraction to students.  [1]  If approximately half of students have access to a laptop and half do not, what impact will there be on student learning in an introductory physics class?  During a recent study, DyKnow software was utilized to facilitate increased student interaction with the professor, to share group work, and to push notes to the students using laptops during class.  The authors then utilized data from student surveys, a focus group session, and student performance data in order to compare the impact of utilizing laptops on student performance measures, and on student perceptions of the course.  
[1] Barak, M., Lipson, A. and Lerman, S., Wireless Laptops as Means for Promoting Active Learning in Large Lecture Halls, Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 38 (2006) 245-263.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kimberly A. Shaw
Columbus State University
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907
Phone: 706-507-8460
and Co-Presenter(s)
Zdeslav Hrepic, Columbus State University