One laptop per child

September 18, 2007

So I have been thinking about the one laptop per child concept.What kind of learning opportunities would be available to teachers if schools system had the opportunity to supply students with a laptop for $100?

Some states such as Maine are leading this inatitive in the US, as can be read about here.
Will other states follow Maine’s lead? Will other states ever take the initative until it is federally mandated?

The logice defies me, if we are suppling laptops to other countries for educational support why are we not doing the same for our own students?

Will a paradigm shift happen when the digital natives finally come into power positions in our government?

Is it the school’s responsiblilty to provide technology to students since in the majority of the information in the future will be transferred by electronic means? I kind of thik so since the goal of instuction is to provide students with tools to succed in the real world.

I am obviously biased since I teach but I would like to see a near future where every US student recives a laptop. And since technology is readily available I would like to see instruction in the school that is geared appropriatley to utilize the tool that technology supplies.

No, technology is not a magic bullet but it can be used as a powerful tool to narrow the achievement gap that our students are experienceing.


3 Responses to “One laptop per child”

  1. dancingnancy533 Says:

    It would be nice for every student to have their very own laptop. If a plan could be set up for students to obtain one for a relatively low price, I’d say go for it. However, making it affordable to every student is a problem and many students may have to lean on the government to supply one. We just have to make sure there is a purpose for giving students laptops.

  2. Kim Dearing Says:

    Our school district is in the beginning stages of going to One-to-One program, which is supposedly going to happen first with teachers getting Macbooks, then by adding laptops for every student, one grade at a time. There are SO many factors that influence the success of this kind of program. To date, there are just as many that have failed as there are that have succeeded. First, I think a school has to have the infrastructure to support a program of this magnitude, and second, I think school culture is definitely a factor. What do we do when kids forget them like they often forget notebooks and pencils? This year, I am in a classroom with 30 new iMacs, which is awesome. However, I am already working harder this year than I think I did my first year of teaching! I guess my point is that schools, teachers, and students all have to buy in to make these programs work effectively. But I still want it. 🙂

  3. Nate Lowell Says:

    “if we are suppling laptops to other countries for educational support why are we not doing the same for our own students?”

    Simple. *We* are not. This is not a government funded effort, nor is any level of US government involved (other than perhaps the regulatory commissions making sure that the technology being exported doesn’t violate any laws).

    The interesting question is, “What’s prohibiting local school districts from applying to get a few thousand of these from the consortium?”

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