Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Thoughts on laptops in school

I've got a lot of thoughts around laptops in school. I've not read of any school that's actually succeeded in making laptops in school work, however, I also think that laptops are a great way to introduce students to computers, the internet and many things that they need in the corporate world. Not every job will need computers like that, but the computers could help them get into a more advanced position.

The New York Times and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette both have stories posted about schools that are canceling their laptop programs. Apparently the students already know so much more about computers than the teachers that they spend the entire time chatting and doing things that they should not be doing.

However, I think that there are a lot more possibilities with computers. Topics that are not normally covered can be covered. Less books need to be printed. Students can and should participate in writing about school programs that are then made visible on the school website. All of the sports can be fully covered, but so can other activities that never get anything more than a single picture in the yearbook. Students should keep blogs about the things that they have learned.

If you know of any successful laptop programs, let me know, I'm interested. I want to see this succeed.

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