Geography... or Pornography?
School-issued laptops have been hailed as the answer to failing students in failing schools-- the bridge across the digital divide-- but now it's the laptops that may be getting held back. Call me a cynic, but I don't exactly find it shocking that kids are more apt to IM their friends and visit non-academic websites during class than take notes, but what is impressive is their ability to hack around their schools' network security to access even more forbidden material. The Liverpool Central School District in northern New York state has supplied laptops to students for seven years now, and found "literally no evidence it had any impact on student achievement." Does your kid have a laptop? Did you have a laptop as a grade school student? Was it a distraction or a boon? And the question I really would like you to weigh in on is this: If your child does not have access to a computer at home, has having a laptop helped him/her out with school?