I’m encouraged that in the Sunday paper the editor supports laptops for teachers (A Wise Decision?). Laptops are the wise choice to enhance productivity, collaboration, presentation and professionalism.
As for student laptops, there is a misunderstanding in the editorial. The school system is not proposing the purchase of laptop computers for students to have as their own “personal” computers.
The student laptops requested in the captial budget would be on mobile carts that remain in schools under the same security and accountability measures as any other school system computer. We are not brand new to this. For three years now, we’ve effectively managed a laptop cart at Croatan High School.
This mini-video from Croatan High School yields insight into the value of student laptops in our schools:
For a more detailed explanation of why Croatan has requested laptop carts for students, visit this link. But in a nutshell . . .
As for the cost effectiveness, the laptop carts for students are requested by five schools to increase student access without wiring more rooms for labs or displacing teachers from their classrooms. The laptops can be distributed to classrooms as needed. This results in more flexible learning options than having two or three desktop computers in every classroom. The cost-saving model is called “one-to-one as needed.”
Four other schools (West Carteret, Morehead Middle, White Oak and Bogue Sound) have also requested mobile laptop carts for student use.