Everyday Laptop Use by Children in a Southern Country: A Mixed-Method Approach

Abstract : Information and communication technology (ICT) use among children in low-income countries remains understudied. The purpose of this study is to describe laptop usage among children in 10 the context of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project 4 years after the laptops were first introduced in a community in Madagascar. The study was conducted using a mixed-method approach combining analysis of ICT use history, empirical observations, and interviews with children and parents. In class, activities involving laptops—including educational games, information research, and the creation of texts and storyboards—were found to be aligned with 15 existing classroom activities. Outside school, computers were found to be used in individual, group, or family settings to listen to music and watch videos, play games, share content, and do homework. The study also found that computers play a major role in everyday routines, opening up new possibilities in photography and video-making. The findings also indicate that computer usage encourages children to learn new literacies in which image plays a central role and new 20 forms of self-expression if they are accompanied and supported by their family.
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Sandra Nogry, P. Varly. Everyday Laptop Use by Children in a Southern Country: A Mixed-Method Approach. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, International Society for Technology in Education, 2017, pp.1 - 16. ⟨10.1080/15391523.2017.1388200⟩. ⟨hal-01648671⟩



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