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Peer Review

The One-Computer Classroom: A Review of the Internet Literature



Overall Rating:

3.25 stars
Content Quality: 2.75 stars
Effectiveness: 3.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jun 03, 2008 by Teacher Education
Overview: This site provides links to approximately 25 other sites that focus on tips for successful integration of only one computer in a classroom. Each site has a brief content annotation.
Learning Goals: Learn effective ways for integrating technology in classrooms with only one computer.
Target Student Population: K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers and teacher education faculty
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: It would be helpful if a student was already familiar with ways to integrate technology when there is access to more than one computer in a classroom.
Type of Material: Resource List
Recommended Uses: This list of annotated sites could be used by an educational technology class to brainstorm possible ways to integrate technology when there are limited resources.
Technical Requirements: User will only need to have basic Internet surfing skills to review this material.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 2.75 stars
Strengths: Many of the tips provided from varying sources are sound educational practices and could be applied equally in classrooms with one or multiple computers available for instructional activities. The working links on this site provide access to valuable one-computer classroom information. The annotations are well written
Concerns: The materials are dated. The site itself was last updated in 2005, and most of the resources were created in 2000 or earlier. There are also several broken links.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: This site contains a list of annotated websites, nothing more. It could be used as part of an online forum where students are asked to brainstorm technology integration on a limited classroom budget. This site could be a great resource for a WebQuest. Most of the advice and examples of one-classroom computer applications are educationally sound and can be applied in a variety of situations to acheive desired learning results.
Concerns: An instructor would need to determine how this material could be used. The annotated list isn't designed to stand on its own as a learning object. ome of the tips from linked sites are either out of date or present activities that encourage passive student learning.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site is easy to use as it only contains the simplest web technology. The author did a good job of including dates with all content so that a user can easily determine the currency of the site.
Concerns: It would be nice if links opened in a new window since they take users to other sites. The site contains some broken links, and a few of the links are slow to open even over high-speed connections.

Other Issues and Comments: The site provides an easy-to-use gateway to other works that provide solid educational strategies for making effective use of only one computer in the classroom. Unfortunately, the sites are at least eight years old and do not include many new sources and activities currently available. Several of the links are no longer working. Linkrot is a major problem with sites referencing content they do not control. It doesn't appear that anyone is currently maintaining this content as the most recent content is fr