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.
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.