The Ready, Fire, Aim Approach To Laptops In Schools
from the try-that-again dept
Over the years, we’ve heard a number of mixed results from various attempts to give students laptops in the classroom. However, one thing seems pretty clear: if you give all the students laptops, but don’t have teachers who are trained how to make use of them, the program is likely to fail. That seems to explain the problems one district faced, after many students barely used the laptops at all. It wasn’t that the idea of laptops in schools was bad, but that there simply were few teachers who had any idea what they were supposed to be doing with them. This scenario has been repeated in many different schools, and it’s still surprising that no one seems to think about the fact that maybe they ought to help teachers understand why laptops are useful before dumping a bunch of them on students.