FAIL: Schools think learning ends when the dismissal bell rings.

More schools are launching 1-to-1 computing programs, which seems appropriate in the face of ubiquitous technology and networked connectivity.

As an educational technologist, I rejected such a move in a small private K-12 school about 5 years ago because I knew the teaching culture would not change or adapt to the required use of technology. It would have been a wast of time and money for everyone.

As a parent, I recently lived through a particularly mediocre 1-to-1 implementation, and one of my biggest complaints was the school district’s utter failure to engage parents. I just came across a brief article in eSchool News covering a talk by Alan November. There’s a video of his entire talk that’s worth watching, but at the core is the question “What’s your plan for making every home a center of learning?” He references South Korea’s plan to bring gigibit data connections to each home (they are also moving to 100% digital textbooks), which is really an essential consideration if 1-to-1 computers are truly to be used for “anywhere, anytime learning”, rather than “any time you are at school learning”.

As an aside, long after the High School 1-to-1 launch, my kid’s district made robo-calls home at dinner time on Mother’s Day to ask families if they did or did not have internet access at home. Talk about poor planning…

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