In the school system in which I teach, laptops are being made available for every Teacher over the next 3 or so years. Exciting as this is, there are some districts overseas where every student has a laptop. In particular, the state of Maine in the USA is in its fifth year of providing iBook laptops to all its thousands (25,000+) of students. This kind of long term project has great potential to provide feedback then on whether the technology is just a gimmick, or if it has had a positive impact.
As reported by 'The Ellsworth American', a Main newspaper, surveys of nearly 5,000 middle school teachers from throughout Maine show that laptops improve motivation, engagement and class participation for special needs students and for students considered “at risk” for low academic achievement.
The results have been overwhelmingly positive. To read the rest of this post, go HERE.