Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Claro M., Nussbaum M., López X. and Díaz A., (2013)

Introducing 1 to 1 in the classroom: A large-scale experience in Chile

Revista : Educational Technology & Society
Volumen : 16
Número : 3
Páginas : 315-328
Tipo de publicación : ISI


This paper presents the results of a study that sought to understand how a strategy of Mobile Computer Labs (MCL) has been integrated into 3rd and 4th grade teaching-learning practices in 1,591 state schools in Chile. In particular, the study aims to identify the most important factors related to MCL integration into these practices a year after its implementation. The findings obtained by applying a survey and performing classroom observations show that, although the schools are willing to use this resource, it has been used sporadically for searching information and drilling and practicing contents related to Mathematics and Language, in addition to motivating students. Furthermore, the classroom observations do not reveal any innovative teaching strategies, related to the use of this new technology. The study shows that amongst the main reasons for this traditional and sporadic use of the MCL are a lack of targeted teacher training and preparation time, and insufficient technical and pedagogical support during the phases of implementation and integration to the pedagogical practices.