With the advent of netbooks, the possibility of a 1 to 1 school has become considerably more economically feasible. Looking at my own school, a large high school, I remember how we looked at a 1 to 1 laptop program in the mid 1990′s. The program didn’t get off the ground due to the cost of laptops at the time and a lack of evidence as to how they could be used in school to increase achievement.
Well now here we are, focused on learning. And the infinite array of online tools, such as Google Docs, You Tube, wikis, blogs, moodle, animoto, slideshare, and ning to name a few, combined with the ability to co-create and connect globally makes 1 to 1 make so much sense. And now netbooks are here.
Netbooks are smaller, lighter, and affordable. If we had netbooks and could eliminate the need for calculators and consumable books such as workbooks, the cost per family might even be less!
So I am looking for schools that have gone 1 to 1. If you have, here are some questions:
- When did you start?
- Did you start with the entire school or with a pilot group?
- Do the parents buy the computers through the school or on their own?
- What infrastructural changes did you have to implement?
- Anyone doing this with netbooks yet?
Thanks for any comments. I could ask a ton more questions!