Friday, May 04, 2007

No need for laptops in school

Liverpool High (Liverpool, NY) is dropping its one-to-one-computing program (a laptop for every student).
“After seven years, there was literally no evidence it had any impact on student achievement — none,” said Mark Lawson, the school board president here in Liverpool, one of the first districts in New York State to experiment with putting technology directly into students’ hands. “The teachers were telling us when there’s a one-to-one relationship between the student and the laptop, the box gets in the way. It’s a distraction to the educational process.”

…[S]chool officials here and in several other places said laptops had been abused by students, did not fit into lesson plans, and showed little, if any, measurable effect on grades and test scores at a time of increased pressure to meet state standards.
Maybe Enda Kenny would like to reconsider his support for such a program here?