Catlin Gabel 1:1 Laptop Program Report

The third Upper School laptop program survey in eight years attempts to discover the uses of laptop computers in the instructional program, the effects of laptop computing on study, communication, and school culture, and levels of satisfaction with the program.

Key Findings

Laptop computers are associated with positive effects on organization, writing skills, and learning environment design.

Laptop computers are associated with negative effects on attention.

Students use computers more often for homework than during class.

Students use computers most in English, science, history, modern languages, digital arts, and computer science classes.

Teachers expressed concern more often than students about negative effects on face-to-face communication.

Teachers and students varied in opinion on the effects on school culture.

Parents are generally satisfied with the school’s laptop program.


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  2. Great findings! This supports the idea that technology integrated in the classrooms creates an overall better learning environment for our students and teachers. Would love to hear more on how students use the laptops at home!

  3. Richard says:

    We didn’t survey for that question in particular, but conversations suggest that students look up homework assignments, conduct research for projects, visit social network sites, create multimedia projects, visit websites as instructed by the teacher, and more. The question about personal organization gets at the idea that students benefit from having the same organizational system and repository for their work at school and at home.