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Exploring the Relationship between Sanctioned and Unsanctioned Laptop use in a 1:1 Classroom.

Journal article
Authors Martin Tallvid
Johan Lundin
Lars Svensson
Berner Lindström
Published in Journal of Educational Technology & Society
Volume 18
Issue 1
Pages 237–249
ISSN 1436-4522
Publication year 2015
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 237–249
Language en
Subject categories Interaction Technologies, Learning, Human Aspects of ICT, Information Systems, Social aspects


The research reported in this article explores and discusses students’ use of laptops in a 1:1 setting. A problem experienced by teachers is that the laptops are possible distractors and tempt students to engage in use that is not in line with the teacher’s idea of what would be suitable in relation to the current assignment. Three annual surveys in combination with interviews and classroom observations were carried out in two Swedish secondary schools during a phase of the implementation of 1:1-laptops. The results show how that there is not a reciprocal correlation between sanctioned laptop use and unsanctioned laptop use. The findings also show that the students’ unsanctioned use of laptops was relatively high, but stable throughout the duration of the three years. Furthermore, results show that the number of students who do not game or chat at all has increased every year. The findings have implications for the discussions concerning the use of personal laptops in secondary schools.

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