Weighing The Costs And Benefits Of Laptops In Schools

from the sounds-good-in-theory... dept

Having just posted (and disputed) a study saying that internet access may be harmful to teens, Salon is running an article looking at the book Never Mind the Laptops, which apparently makes a very strong case for why every student should have a laptop in school. The book is apparently quite well written and goes through a ton of historical information (on both sides of the debate) and explains why putting laptops in the hands of all kids is the best thing we could do for the education system. However, the Salon piece makes a very interesting juxtaposition with the book, as the writer, Andrew Leonard, thinks about how his own children's schools are struggling to not lay off teachers, and wonders how they could ever possibly afford to give a laptop to every student. It's yet another situation where the idea sounds good, and probably is a good idea for the kids - but has too high an upfront price for it ever to get approved. It's really too bad, as the case studies we wrote about the experiment in Maine to give every kid a laptop, suggest that the program was doing wonders for students.
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    AMetamorphosis, 1 Oct 2003 @ 8:45am

    Re: I dunno...

    Your point about " googling " it is quite valid.
    And you're right ... the laptop is only a tool ... but so is a pen , a tablet of paper, & a book.
    Its sorta like the " Guns don't kill people ... people kill people " argument.
    It's not the fault of the technology ( laptops ) if the teachers we employ do not properly train the students on the use.

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