We now have five years of research reports available on our cluster website. The latest report to be published is the 2011 Evaluation report of the pilot year of 1:1 Netbook implementation in 18 Manaiakalani classes.
The 2011 evaluation was designed to answer two major questions:
(1) How does The Manaiakalani One-to-One Device Project contribute to the teaching of literacy in one-to-one device classrooms?
(2) How does The Manaiakalani One-to-One Device Project impact on student learning of literacy and engagement in one-to-one device classrooms?
The 465 students in 18 classrooms that effectively had a full year of implementation were part of the evaluation. The evaluation used achievement measures, video records and in situ observations of classrooms; one to one interviews with teachers and students; teacher surveys, and artifacts from class and individual blogs.
To read the executive summary, or if you are extra keen to read the whole report, follow this link.
Research reports are not universally popular, so if you prefer an anecdotal approach to following an initiative I would recommend following clusternz on Twitter. This way you will hear it from the 650 or so children whose blogs feed through this account! They are not afraid to be honest about most aspects of (school) life! This should come with a warning though - 25,000+ tweets (each representing a blog post) have been processed in less than three years.
On another note, the Manaiakalani Cluster wishes Colleen Gleeson all the best as she steps into her new role as Review and Development Officer of Schools, for the Auckland Catholic Diocese. Colleen has served the cluster as Researcher since 2008 and we are indebted to her commitment to the students, teachers and schools of the area, and her contribution to the Manaiakalani vision. She will be greatly missed.