We are in the process of moving to a 1:1 environment. We have spent 3 years talking, visiting, reviewing, and discussing the goods and bads of such a move. Tonight we hope to visit with our parent population regarding their actual thoughts about the cost, the process, and view of putting a laptop in the hands of every student grades 7-12. The cost would have to fall in the parent tuition as we are a private school. We have considered the academic needs of our students, the training needs of our staff, and the cost of putting such a program in place in relation to infrastructure and support. I wonder how many schools are in the same place attempting to move forward and knowing the economy is part of the equation.

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Comment by tom abeles on November 3, 2010 at 8:44am
It would be helpful if you outlined the situation. private schools come in many flavors with a variety of access to resources. And there are a variety of programs available to organizations to access technology and support depending on programs. The same holds for public schools. Also, there are a plethora of resources in this arena. Thus it is hard to respond
Comment by Karen Littlefield on November 3, 2010 at 6:46am
Thanks Tom. I tried to look at a couple of the On the Horizon articles but found all I can see is an abstract. I believe as you that it is clear that a portable "device" will become ubiquitous but am finding it sometimes feels like moving a mountain to make it happen.
Comment by tom abeles on November 3, 2010 at 6:30am
Our children went to a private school which went wireless and added electronics in the classrooms. There was never a question regarding cost, but rather what was needed to support such an effort. This was over 12 years ago and that was using lap tops and not desk tops which were accessible in the library.S. Africa is moving to smart phones. And countries such as Uruguay are adopting the OLPC model. Thus, it seems that the issue is not whether, but when and how.

As a consulting futurist and editor of On the Horizon, a journal with a particular focus on education futures (http://www.emeraldinsight.com/oth.htm it is clear that a portable "device" will become ubiquitous and should not be seen as a separate vehicle just for education. Education is not just within the confines of "school" whether in a space defined by bricks or clicks. Thus, considering "school" or a device within the dimensions of the "school" does not sufficiently describe where education is moving and the boundaries thereof.

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