design were influential on their studys outcomes The central question and

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design were influential on their study’s outcomes. The central question, and ultimate measure for many educators, is: What is the impact on student achievement? It is the researcher s belief that the MCAS gives future researchers reason to look at how the technology is being used, as opposed to just the accessibility of that technology. It goes without saying that technology must
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MOBILE DEVICE IMPACT ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE 8 be accessible in order to be widely utilized; however, it would seem that the most direct correlation between student achievement and technology use is more closely related to how the technology transforms the student learning experience. In a similar study, Suhr, Hernandez, Grimes, and Warschauer (2010) found that student laptop use had a small positive effect on student performance. Their study used a quasi- experimental design involving three schools with various levels of 1:1 laptop integration to see if participation in 1:1 programs can be used to predict changes in English and Language Arts scores. One school did not implement 1:1 laptop technologies and was used as the control group. The second school consisted of 1/3 of the participants using assigned laptops, and the third school consisted of all participants being issued a laptop as part of a 1:1 implementation. The study was conducted over the course of two years and followed the same students during that time frame. The findings indicated that the laptops did have a small positive effect on student performance, though the authors suggest the traditional format of writing tests, in which students use pencil and paper, may have put students using laptops for writing at a disadvantage. Suhr et al. ’s research (20 10) once again underscores the importance of designing and implementing accurate assessment methods for student performance measurements. The students that used a laptop for their writing are creating, editing and working in a different format than students that used pen and paper. The laptop is a great tool for revising content, getting timely feedback, and organizing ideas. Students that are using this tool to do their work are then handicapped when the tool is removed. The design of this study requires students to use their 1:1 tablets to look up plant information and create a digital leaf notebook that they will use to practice identifying the plants. This is in contrast to the slower traditional methods in which students would look up pictures of plants in a book and create a leaf notebook using actual plant
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MOBILE DEVICE IMPACT ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE 9 leaf samples. After reviewing the findings of Suhr et al.’s (2010) work, the researcher determined it would be important to create an atmosphere in which participation in this study would introduce a helpful tool and not take one away. In order to accomplish this, students in the control group were told that they would be given an opportunity to use the mobile devices at
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