- Treat technology as a tool, not a curriculum area.
- Think differently about teaching.
- Decide to do it, not pilot it.
- Concentrate on current curriculum initiatives at first.
- Support teachers as much as possible.
- Make technology part of teachers' everyday language use too.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
School Tech: 6 Important Lessons From Maine's Student Laptop Program
A Mashable article featured on Yahoo News takes a look at six important lessons that the state of Maine has learned from its student laptop program. In 2002, Maine signed a $37 million contract with Apple that provided 33,000 laptops to students and 3,000 laptops to teachers. In 2009, the contract was expanded to include some high schools. All 7th/8th graders and students at 55% of Maine's high schools are currently issued laptops. These are six major lessons that have been learned from the experience so far: