Where do you stand?

Many educators push for more inclusion of technology such as Steve Dembo (click here for his blog entry on students taking technology underground because schools won’t let them use it). There are others who would like education to take a step back to rethink how we are using it (New York School repeals laptop program).

While the pros and cons of technology are being debated, Illinois is in the process of piloting a one to one laptop program. The results are obviously not in as the program has just begun, but it will be interesting to see what comes of this program. Evaluating these programs can be difficult. We often want to evaluate these programs on the merits of test scores. Is this the only determiner of the success or failure?

David Warlick wrote an interesting article that describes one district’s success because of a laptop program regardless of their test scores. Keep an eye on Illinois’ test pilot program as this could bring about some major changes in Illinois.

Where do you stand on technology programs like this?

Comments

  1. Elaine Plybon

    I work at a school that has had a one-to-one program for several years now. It has been a great success. It wasn’t without its difficulties, but with a well-educated staff and an open mind for flexibility, it has definitely been a benefit for our students. The only thing I see as a problem is that there is a potential for the use of too much technology – some students complain at graduation that they wish they’d had more teacher time and less technology time. We have to work to balance the use of technology with “real life” interactions.

  2. Scott Meech

    Very interesting comment Elaine. Thank you for sharing. Does you district have data collected that has helped evaluate your laptop program? Is the laptop program going to continue to be funded?

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