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More Laptops

Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Ths subject produced a lot more dialogue than I thought it would.  Here are some research materials for those who are interested.  Courtesy of Talbot County School System

Learn more about the value of technology in today’s education, what other school districts are doing with “One to One” computing and what the experts say by visiting a few of the sites listed below.

TCPS External Evaluation of One-to-One Laptop Initiative -Review the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Technology in Education (CTE) initial evaluation of Talbot County Public School’s laptop program at:

Partnership for 21 – The leading advocacy organization infusing 21

eSchool News – Where K-12 education and technology meet. Review articles and reports relating to 1 to 1 computing at:

America’s Digital Schools 2006 – Learn about the landmark study conducted this spring that asks superintendents, curriculum directors, and technology directors the important questions about the future of ed tech as a learning tool:

Apple 1 to 1 Learning – Browse plenty of information about 1:1 programs:

Read The Metiri Group’s review and analysis, learn about the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and other school district and state programs, or watch educator-created videos of 1 to 1 learning in action. – Laptop Computing – anywhere, anytime. Learn more by downloading the “1:1 Computing Guidebook” with free registration.

K-12 Computing Blueprint – This web site is a resource for education leaders and others interested in implementing one-to-one anytime, anywhere computing in K-12 education. View articles or download reports (requires free registration).

National Education Technology Plan – Official site of the National Education Technology Plan for the U.S. Department of Education, the plan lays out a framework for transforming education. Browse success stories, action steps or the plan itself.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) – Located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) – ISTE is dedicated to providing leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K-12 education and teacher education.

Bill Gates Speech – National Education Summit on High SchoolsRead what Bill Gates had to say regarding technology and education – find the entire speech on his take on the state of America’s high schools.


6 Responses to “More Laptops”

  1. gnutp said

    And to really make those laptops useful, a county-wide wireless wide area network should be implemented. What good is the laptop to a student if they cannot also access the internet (and local political blogs) from home?

  2. hocomd said

    Wireless Access Points are not expensive or difficult to deploy. Just ask our library’s they did if fast and inexpensively.

    Dial up interent, cable modem, DSL, or FIOS are available throughout the county. Every provider has discounts available for children.

    I think we should drop the idea and let Talbot County be the best school system in the country.

  3. MBT said

    Good point gnutp! I think Annapolis has installed a network.

  4. hocomd said

    gnutp, I don’t think we need to deploy a county wide wi-fi network. After reading MBT’s comment I see what you are getting at. There is enough land line solutions. Wireless access points are inexpensive, deployed in our library system.

  5. Freemarket said

    I am sure the issue of wireless networks will be addressed in a plan, when we have one. Right now the plan seems to be not to allow Talbot County to have something we don’t have regardless of costs or benefits. This is a cutting edge idea and it needs to be planned out and viewed with a critical eye, especially in light of other technological decisions made by the Board of Ed. The support for this plan at this point stems from a “keep up with the Jones’” mentality.

  6. The rationale is really quite simple – to increase student achievement in this era where students now must past the HSA tests to receive a high school diploma. From day one of my campaign I have been crystal clear that there is no higher priority for the school system than the HSAs. I have absolutely no interest in presiding over a school board that has not done everything humanly possible to see to it that our kids graduate. Likewise, I have no interest in finding out how large numbers of Howard County residents will make a living wage without even a diploma.

    The timing is right. We just provided our teachers with laptops so they can use them as instructional tools. Our fantastic curriculum staff have begun creating “e-packs” of interactive curriculum for our schools. As of now, this can only be done via a mobile computer lab (of which there are one or two per school).

    My record is very clear: I don’t rush out and make pie-in-the-sky promises without thought. When I say I am going to do something – it is because it is in the best interest of the school system. I said we needed an internal auditor, and we got one. I said we needed an Ombudsman – check. Same with increasing our programs targeted towards our rapidly increasing Asian and Hispanic populations.

    I also don’t throw money at problems. Heck, practically my first vote as a Board member was to cut nearly $40M from John O’Rourke’s capital budget request.

    These laptops will not be glorified typewriters, they will help our kids excel.

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