Laptop in Every Garage And...
In September 2002, Maine's Governor implemented a policy requiring the state to provide a laptop computer to every 7th and 8th grader in the state.
Though certainly visionary in one sense, the state claims their policy has turned out to be costeffective. That is, each laptop cost Maine $275 per student per year, compared to the cost of a single textbook which is about $150 per student. Plus, student attendance went up, discipline referrals went down, and 70% of the teachers claim that the laptops help them meet curricular goals.
Maine's argument: "The [PC] is an endless source of information and ideas. The [textbook] is a finite containment of (we hope) the best we know about a subject at a particular moment in time."
Though I am not opposed to the idea, it seems that laptops can be used for more (we hope) than surfing the Internet...but then, by their argument, the students' world becomes finite!
Source: Edutopia
