The Liverpool School District was on the cutting edge of education, when it declared that all high school students- at some expense to their families- would learn through the use of school-purchased laptop computers. Now, it’s turnabout time- the laptops are going away:
“After seven years, there was literally no evidence it had any impact on student achievement — none,” said Mark Lawson, the school board president here in Liverpool, one of the first districts in New York State to experiment with putting technology directly into students’ hands. “The teachers were telling us when there’s a one-to-one relationship between the student and the laptop, the box gets in the way. It’s a distraction to the educational process.”
The New York Times
Liverpool is not the only school district doing a 180 with its laptop program. Breakdowns and security problems are also part of the story. Read more here.