The impact of one-to-one laptop oriented classrooms on student achievement

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Educational technology has become one of the major contributors to educational systems reform. The one-to-one laptop project has shaped several educational systems in the world. The anticipated results of this research were to measure the extent to which a one-to-one laptop initiative has impacted the achievements of students at ATS governmental educational system in UAE. The research focuses on students' achievements in core subjects such as Math, Science, Arabic and Islamic Studies, English, and Computer Studies as well as the overall average in core subjects. The researcher has investigated the impact using students' scores and teachers' online questionnaire. A total of 1,384 students and 96 teachers have participated in the study. The research has been carried out using quantitative approach. Descriptive and inferential statistics were utilized to answer two research questions. The research reveals that there is positive impact on student achievements in Arabic language, Islamic studies, and computer Science. No impact on student achievement in mathematics was found. The one-to-one laptop program negatively affected student achievement in English language and Science. This does not escape without limitations such as program implementation time, teacher professional development, and technical support. More studies about one-to-one laptop programs need to be conducted in this part of the world.
one-to-one laptop, student achievement, educational technology, educational reform, educational systems, United Arab Emirates (UAE), professional development