Implementation of one-to-one computing : a qualitative case study of success factors for student technology initiatives




Underwood, Matthews Mason

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The purpose of this case study was to discover what policies, actions, and experiences contribute to the successful implementation of a one-to-one student technology initiative in a K-12 public school district. A grounded theory approach and case study design offered an effective exploration of the specific events within the bounded system or case of technology integration. The participants represented three professional employee categories of central administration (n = 2), campus administration (n = 4), and teaching staff (n = 6). The large urban school district’s majority of students were identified as economically disadvantaged. Twelve participants shared their experiences and perceptions of the implementation of the district’s one-to-one mobile technology strategy in two high schools. In each high school, all students and faculty were issued a district-owned laptop device. The data revealed five emergent themes that explained aspects of the whole-school reform within the district that follow: (a) teacher and leadership “buy-in” or support; (b) communication of the initiative; (c) need for reliable and consistent hardware and software; (d) outcomes, goals, and evaluations; (e) professional development. The efforts of this investigation identified several implications for practitioners seeking to enact best practice one-to-one strategies during future technology initiatives and whole-school reform efforts. Quantitative and qualitative investigation methods could be used in follow-up research of the central themes identified in this case study’s findings.



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