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?