This report describes the results of an evaluation of the Stillwater Area Public Schools laptop
initiative at Stillwater Junior High School (SJHS) and Oak-Land Junior High School (OLJHS). The district hoped to enhance students’ interest in learning by increasing the use of
technology in the curriculum. The district also identified a need to develop students’ “21st
century skills,” such as critical thinking, problem solving, technology literacy, and to support
teachers in meeting the needs of diverse learners. The laptop initiative began in November 2003 when each teacher at SJHS and OLJHS received
an Apple laptop computer. Over the next few months the teachers participated in professional
development at both the school and district level. The professional development focused on
increasing teachers’ knowledge and skills related to using the laptops and integrating technology
into their curriculum. In spring 2004, students at both schools were introduced to Apple laptops. In summer 2007, the district contracted with the Center for Applied Research and Educational
Improvement (CAREI) in the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human
Development to evaluate the laptop initiative. The evaluation was designed to address three areas that the district hoped would have been
affected by the laptop initiative: teaching, student outcomes, and parents.
Ingram, Debra; Willcutt, Jennifer; Jordan, Kelly.
Laptop Initiative Evaluation Report.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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