10 Years ago, schools started to promote their ONE to ONE laptop programs. If you’re at a school like mine, who never adopted the laptop model – you’re in luck. The need for a laptop in schools is over. Here’s what I’ve come up with…students need to be carrying a digital device (of some sort – YES – it can be a laptop) that will support their WWWs.
W – Watch/listen to video and audio
W – Write/Read on the device
W – Web enabled communications
S – Shoot – the thing should have a camera.
The iPad 2 is ready to go, a laptop, a netbook, etc. We’re all ready. I’ve been collecting data on one grade level of students in my school. In the 7th grade, almost 80% of the students already have a device that can support the WWWs and they are allowed by their parents to bring it to school. An additional 3% of those students have a device at home – but mom and dad haven’t let them use it out of the house yet.
We’ve been tiptoeing around this subject for quite a while. School administrators are fearful of the increased costs associated with a ONE to ONE laptop program. Parents are worried that kids will become TOO dependent on the device. Meanwhile, students are BEGGING for the opportunity to learn the skills that they’ll need to possess to become employable.
Here’s my proposal:
EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT CHOOSE A DEVICE DATE
Every school should set a goal date to institute a device oriented program. Next Year, Two Years, Five Years, whenever. They need faculty to have ample time to prepare – and learn how to use that stuff. Families can prepare to start saving money – that used to be used on books to spend on a device. Schools will have time to carve out a new model for education–one where books come as downloads, lectures are watched the night before – at home, and students are met in school where they’re most familiar.
WHAT CAN THE DEVICE BE USED FOR:
4. SURFING THE WEB
5. TAKING PHOTOS
6. MAKING VIDEOS
7. VIDEO CHATTING
9. doing MATH
15. the list goes on and on and on…
CLOUD COMPUTING has leveled the playing field. We’re now platform agnostic, device agnostic, and the only thing we really need is a solid reliable link to the internet.
The DIGITAL DEVICE is going to the swiss army tool for education. It is adaptable, and incredibly unlimited with it’s possibilities.