February 23rd, 2007 at 11:10 am
As guests on the show explained, the OLPC computer presents exciting new opportunities as well as potential new challenges. There has been nothing quite like this before.
Nonetheless, experience with school laptop programs in the United States has taught us a number of things. For example, after a year or two of experience there is widespread support for these programs from students, teachers, parents, school administrators, and the public. That has been the case in Maine and in Henrico County, Virginia, sites of the biggest state and district laptop programs in the U.S., where there has also been continuing political support even after the initial "champions" of the program (such as Gov. Angus King in Maine) left office. We have also learned that it takes time, money, and effort for all involved to learn how to use laptops well to support learning in school.
Laptop programs in the U.S. continue to expand. For example, Pennsylvania has announced that all high school students will be provided with laptops.
Those interested in finding out more about schools' experiences with so-called one-to-one computing can find information at these Web sites:
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