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Computers and literacy; Language arts--Computer-assisted instruction;


As one-to-one computing infiltrates education across the United States, stakeholders question the impact this technology will have on all involved. Teachers are realizing the effect that one-to-one computing has on the school, classroom, and curriculum as districts jump on the bandwagon and purchase laptops for every student. Research shows that classrooms, including language arts classrooms, incur many positive changes. One such change is the inclusion of new literacies into the curriculum. These new literacies will change how students read and write. Course management systems have also become common in many classrooms; and teachers, students, and parents are learning to negotiate these technologies. Students are benefiting from one-to-one implementation. Commonly, student engagement and study habits increase with the inclusion of one-to-one, not only with the typical student, but also with those students who have an individualized education plan. Communication on the part of teachers, students, and parents also improves. Literacy practices involving reading, writing, and communicating have undergone changes as laptops become commonplace in the classroom. With these new technologies teachers and students are impacted, and must learn to adapt and make the most of these changes; teachers will need to be educated, too. Professional development including how to integrate technology into the classroom is critical to the success of students and schools. Further research will determine the significance and necessity of these technologies as students graduate into the 21st century.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Rick C. Traw


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