“According to research the administrators distributed, the U.S. Department of Education found students that had access to a computer anywhere, anytime â€œbecame more creative, more collaborative and better writers,â€ while University of Kentucky researchers wrote â€œimprovements in writing, literacy, science, exam scores and GPAs all have been noted in various research studies.â€ 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 â€œyea.â€”
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.