Sunday, May 6, 2007

Student laptops have no effect on learning

In New York, one school has learned the costly lesson that throwing technology at kids does not work. In an effort to help the students, everyone was given a laptop to use during the school year. It is easy to guess what those computers were used for.

The computers were not only expensive to buy, but also the maintain and repair. Many students used them to look at porn, share info during tests, or just about anything else. The school was also barely capable of handling the network traffic from all of the computers.

In the slashdot discussion, the point was brought up that politician who start these initiatives have their efforts in the wrong spot. We should be wasting money on technology for kids, but spending it on competent teachers. Or, at the very least, get rid of the unions that destroy the school system.

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