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Toshiba/NSTA Laptop Learning Challenge

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The 1999 Toshiba/NSTA Laptop Learning Challenge rewarded teachers for their innovative uses of laptop computers to teach science and mathematics. Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association aimed to strengthen the educational use of technology in the classroom and to prepare teachers for the time when all students will have laptop computers.

Laptops have the potential to usher in a whole new array of hands-on teaching activities that can be used inside and outside the classroom, and teachers—especially pre-service teachers—need to be on the forefront of this technology. The program challenged K–12 science and mathematics teachers, and informal educators from schools, nature centers, museums, zoos, and science centers to submit lessons for student investigations and activities that incorporate the use of one or more laptop computers. The lessons have both science and math components and take place in the classroom, in the field, or in informal education institutions.

Educators participated in one of four categories: Elementary Level, Middle Level, High School Level, and Informal Science (grades K–12). Five lessons from each category were chosen for publication on the Laptop Learning Challenge Web site as well as on a CD-ROM. A judging panel comprised of distinguished science and mathematics educators selected the top 20 lessons from approximately 250 entries received from around the country. Judges selected lessons that were innovative, student-centered, and consistent with national and local standards or frameworks. Selected lesson plans demonstrate how laptop computers can be used to engage students in hands-on learning of science and mathematics.

The Laptop Learning Challenge was made possible with a grant from the Toshiba America Foundation. The program was administered by NSTA, with support from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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