I am incredibly fortunate to be working with a wide range of educators from around globe, and one (Linda Ojala), inspired by a video by Claire Amos: Welcoming laptops into the classroom: Tips and strategies, responded:
"I liked Claire's strategies and tips and will share some of these with the teachers I work alongside. I'd really like to know some great strategies for using lap tops in the primary sector where only 1 student in the class maybe working in this way. I still find it difficult to get teachers away from the focus of using laptops only for games and publishing work. I have come across that fundamental belief that is held which is that children should still be using pencil and paper, even if they find it difficult to manually record their ideas."
So, I set out to see what I could discover. Interestingly a simple search brought up a few studies (listed below), but few concrete examples and footage. A bit more digging brought to light other examples, although often the focus was on the technology rather than what strategies were being used to engage the students and enhance their learning experience. I have listed below a selection of what I found, but would be really grateful, if anyone has some great tips and strategies they want to share, or know of other examples, please comment below :-)
There are a couple of videos that capture the student voice and opinions around using laptops in their learning, and 1:1 Learning @ St Albans Meadows Primary School (Australia) is an interesting one (with a nod, I think, to Michael Wesch). This video from Teachers' TV captures some teacher opinions, as well as demonstrating some possible uses: Primary ICT - Laptop Pros and Cons.
- Using Mini Laptops in a Primary Classroom (an example from a "school [in the UK] with a high level of social deprivation, free school meals and SEN" (Ross, p. 1) - looks at successes, problems and solutions as well as evidence of impact on learning.
- Use of Laptop Computers (Meltham C.E Primary School, in Scotland) - has a lot of advice about the technology, as well as some description of how the students used it in their learning.
is a very recent report (2011) covering research conducted in Canada to better understand the challenges and benefits of using laptops in primary and secondary education. The report looks at pedagogical uses as well as providing 10 key recommendations. There is much in the report that can be applied to education settings around the developed world.