Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 115–128 | Cite as

What Is Happening with Portable Computers in Schools?

  • Alain Jaillet


This study was an exploratory of the Landes initiative to supply all pupils and teachers with portable computers and Internet at school. These surveys involved 817 pupils and parents and produced a response rate of 98% for pupils from the first survey at the beginning of the year and 798 pupils at the end of the year. The approach, which consists of identifying any variances in individual perceptions of technology, was tested in an initial In-Tele research programme in which we were involved. The questionnaire-based survey reveals low usage of information technology in terms of teaching, with no difference between the “portable” and test groups. Moving on from the first level study, characterizing the sites and studying their viewing frequency produces the surprising outcome that the very high number of sites viewed actually conceals a much more pessimistic reality about pedagogical uses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain Jaillet
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  1. 1.Educational Sciences LaboratoryDirector of University Louis Pasteur Multimédia, ATRIUMStrasbourg CedexFranc

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