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Digital opportunities pilot project (2001-2003): Evaluation of Notebook Valley

Author(s): 
Rachel Bolstad

This research project evaluated "Notebook Valley", one of four "Digital Opportunities" initiatives facilitated by the Ministry of Education, which aimed to increase the access and use of ICT in low-decile and/or remote New Zealand schools.

In the Notebook Valley project, three low-decile urban high schools were given laptop computers, Internet access, and a range of software tools for senior secondary math and science students and teachers to use.

The evaluation used student questionnaires and interviews, interviews with teachers, principals, and stakeholder groups, and classroom observations in the three schools.

Over two years, the research evaluated the project's implementation process and its impact on teachers and students, including the effect on learning and pedagogy. It also investigated the processes, skills, and resources necessary to enable the continuation of this project and other similar initiatives involving ICT in schools.

Find out more about the Digital Opportunities projects on the Ministry of Education website

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Year published: 
2005
Publication type: 
Research report
Publisher: 
NZCER for the Ministry of Education
ISBN: 
0-478-13275-1
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