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Jim Moulton (not verified)

Denton - It sure would be

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Denton - It sure would be nice, but you are oh, so right. No technology, be it digital or otherwise, is a panacea. Beware the Music Man, eh? I am a parent and an educator, and as such I believe schools are in the inspiration business as much, if not more than they are in the knowledge-transfer business. It is involvement with inspirational teachers in inspired schools, supported by professional tools that allow them to do work that is real that might create the kind of child that I hope will contribute to the wonderful world I hope to retire into some day... Compass Learning, iMovie, Microsoft Office, or Google's Earth will not do that by itself, and neither will books, buildings, or basketballs. But all can, and should play a role. I would hope that my writing would be seen as advocating for rich, engaging, project-based, community connected experiences that are seen as worthwhile by students, teachers, and the greater school community. And I would hope that these are found in settings that appear to be relevant to the students in part because the technology they contain mirrors that found in the rest of their world. Maine has purposely resisted pressure to connect one-to-one to test results. Rather, we have looked deeper - at the way schools and classrooms work. Here is a comment taken from The Impact of Maine's One-to-One Laptop Program on Middle School Teachers and Students.(David L. Silvernail, Dawn M.M. Lane, February, 2004): "Last year we had to go to the computer lab down the hall or we had to go down there by ourselves and if there was a class going on there or if there were people in there you were out of luck, you couldn't do your research. With these you just open up your laptop and boom, the Internet is there. Your e-mail is there and your slideshow presentation things are ready to be done and everything is just there. It's much simpler. (Student Interview, Spring 2003)" If in the above quote one sees red flags rather than benefits ("Your e-mail is there, you just open up your laptop and boom, the Internet is there, etc") please read an earlier post of mine here in the Spiral Notebook: Good Teaching in a One-to-One Setting. The value of those potential benefits will only accrue to a school that does it right - one that is doing the things good schools need to do whether technology is involved or not. I guess that is why I am so proud of my connection to The George Lucas Educational Foundation and Edutopia - a place where folks say what needs to be said. With that said, here are some sites worth investigating regarding one-to-one research: But in the end, the good folks at MIT may resolve this whole issue so we can just move on. We may simply need to do one-to-one if we want to keep up with the rest of the world. Sort of like the electrification of rural America. Hold onto your hats, folks. Cheers. Jim
Denton Jordan (not verified)

Where is the research that

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Where is the research that shows 1:1 laptop computers will improve literacy or achievement. If my district had that kind of money to spend, I would purchase killer software (like Compass Learning) and multiple laptop carts to increase the number of exposures that students can get with the curriculum. I'm as big a technology proponent as there is, but 1:1 computing isn't a panacea. If you know of research that says it is, please post the links to it.
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Jim Moulton Technology Integration and Project-Based Learning Consultant