Comparing Technology Skill Development in Computer Lab versus Classroom Settings of Two Sixth Grade Classes
Preparing elementary students for online learning begins with basic computer competency. Computer competency skills were taught using integration of learned skills in the regular academic curriculum to sixth grade students under two conditions: (a) in a classroom with four computers, and (b) in a computer lab. Students of mixed ability (N = 53) were given pretest and posttest measures of technology skill development based on school district curriculum before and after eight weeks of instruction. Results showed that the group using the computer lab had higher overall scores in computer skills when compared to the classroom integration group. Higher scores for the lab were interpreted as the result of efficient and enhanced academic-engaged time inherent to the lab setting. An attitude survey given to all students indicated no significant differences between groups on perceived fear of computers, attribution of learning through computers, or enjoyment derived from using computers.