Balancing the One-To-One Equation: Equity and Access in Three Laptop Programs

Mark Warschauer*, Binbin Zheng, Melissa Niiya, Shelia Cotten, George Farkas

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Seeking to improve teaching and learning and to narrow gaps between students of high and low socioeconomic status, many school districts in the United States are implementing one-to-one laptop programs. In this comparative case study, we examine one-to-one laptop programs in Colorado, California, and Alabama, all of which deployed low-cost netbook computers and open source software with the aim of enhancing digital participation and increasing educational equity. In spite of overlapping goals, the projects had very different outcomes. We analyze the roots and implications of these differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-62
Number of pages17
JournalEquity and Excellence in Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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