“According to research the administrators distributed, the U.S. Department of Education found students that had access to a computer anywhere, anytime “became more creative, more collaborative and better writers,” while University of Kentucky researchers wrote “improvements in writing, literacy, science, exam scores and GPAs all have been noted in various research studies.” ConVal has recognized the benefits of technology in schools, but approached a one-to-one model cautiously because of how much it could cost. After a decade of research, a comprehensive proposal from administrators and the affordability of devices, the board was ready Tuesday to say “yea.””
See ConVal: District goes digital, with one laptop for every studentI’ve long recommended GNU/Linux thin clients for schools. It works for people. These days a lot of schools in USA are adopting a similar but easier choice, a GNU/Linux thick client leaning heavily to web applications, the ChromeBook. There are a lot of advantages to this solution, particularly if the school goes paperless: fewer books, a lot less paper, a lot less printing/copying costs and a lot less time fetching and carrying that paper. On top of that the ChromeBooks are less expensive and last longer than the typical desktop/notebook PC. It’s all good. Finally, schools have a way to go to GNU/Linux and Free Software without needing as much local IT-talent.
The present system is the ConVal School District near Peterborough, NH. They had previously planned (page 115&152) for a 1:3 computer:student ratio with 4-year replacement. Good for them. They are going off the Wintel treadmill.