Netbooks and Open Tools in Education

Investigator: Mark Warschauer

Graduate Student Researchers: Ernest Johnson, Binbin Zheng

Funding: Google, Inc.; Haynes Foundation 

This project is investigating the potential of low-cost laptop computers, known as netbooks and smartbooks, and free open tools, including open-source software and open educational resources, for use in one-computer-per-student programs in K-12 education. Case studies will be carried out in linguistically and ethnically diverse elementary schools in three school districts across the U.S. that are currently using netbooks and open tools to examine the impact of on teaching and learning processes and outcomes. Sources of data will include classroom observations; interviews with administrators, teachers, parents, and students; and collection of school-, teacher-, and student-produced artifacts.