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We have been allowing our high school students bring their laptops into the classrooms for a couple of years. There's been no effect to the network. And it's starting to creep in the middle level.

What I notice about laptops (and the desktops I have set up in my science lab) is that there is still a lot of learning that needs to be done. One - as the teacher I need to rethink (which is easy) how to cover the material. (The hard part is the follow through and breaking old habits). Two - the students need to build new habits and learning styles. Right now they are resorting to just typing the notes. I have tried to get them to use my class site more often, wikipedia, google notes and docs - that kind of stuff. But again, how they manage themselves in such a new way is difficult.

I suppose it just takes time. And getting them to use computers in proper ways at a younger age would be great.

Cell phones - I'm not sure the education culture is just ready to deal with kids using cell phones in class - even if in appropriate ways.

Marcie Faust

I love the concept of a labless school. Having technology available for students throughout all hours of the school day seems like the best way to build 21st century skills among students. The trouble is that many teachers aren't ready for the shift. Having computers in the classrooms is an excellent concept, but the teachers need to be equipped with ways to engage students with proper uses of this technology. I think the big question will be how do we bring teachers up to speed with the most current technology applications in the classroom? And at what point are we going to hold educators accountable when they fail to integrate technology into their teaching?

I am happy to see people pushing the envelope. In my opinion, that is the only way we are ever going to escape our "old-school" ways.

Glenn E. Malone

I recently dismantled our lab to meet our growing needs and to create another classroom.

Over the years I've seen many of our teachers using the lab for a sort of "computer recess"... We have so much more important work to do! I'd rather begin to distribute the computers to classrooms so our kids no longer would need to schedule the use of computers, giving them anytime access.

I'm looking for research that supports the claims and gist of this post to share with my parents and teachers.

Do you have any leads?

Rick Biche

My eighth grade team made the choice three years ago to abandon the lab. We spread machines throughout our classrooms and made do with less than a one-to-one ratio. We made do by making better lessons, lessons with variation, options, and differentiation. Those were the first changes to take place. Now we are teaching the kids to do that for themselves. One change leads to the next.


You may want to do some research on why most law schools are banning laptops in the classroom.

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