School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>NPR had a report on it last week ...
> Maine Students Get Brand New Laptops
> Date: 05-15-03
> Every seventh grader in Maine's public schools is using a
> brand new laptop computer this year, courtesy of the state.
> The nation's biggest experiment in providing personal computers
> to students is gaining rave reviews from students and teachers.
> Charlott (more)
Staff and students using iBooks use a disk image specific to the program
as well as FirstClass for email. An interesting side note is that there
was not enough funding to provide much technology integration. Comments
made by Seymour Papert (LegoLogo) in the Bangor Daily as well as in
Technology and Learning suggest that this was a good thing ! That is, tech
coordinators did not have much of an opportunity to imprint their concept
of collaborative work, leaving teachers and their students to "figure out
how to use the technology." When that situation happens, according to
Papert, minds are more open to new ideas and creativity.
I'm not suggesting that one abandon technology integration training, but
I do think there is merit in the idea of giving teachers and students both
the leeway in the use of technology by showing them some of what is
possible but keeping what is required to an absolute minimum.
Technology Coordinator, English Department, Windsor Schools
19 Ascutney Street
Windsor, VT 05089
"Never place a period where God has placed a comma."-Gracie Allen