Sunday, August 19, 2007
Laptops For Learning - UK
A couple months ago my sister-in-law who lives in England called me and was complaining about the new school her daughter has to go to. This new school is technology based, every child in the school has to purchase a laptop through a special program the school has set up. The students will do the majority of their work on their laptops. These were a few of my sister-in-laws complaints:
1. Her daughter is 11 and my SIL does not think she is ready to have the responsibility of a laptop.
2. Her daughter does not get bused to school, she has to walk a mile each way to get to and from school. Which means she is going to have to carry the laptop to and from school each day.
3. She has no option but to buy the new laptop through the school even if she could find a better
deal somewhere else.
4. She feels that because it is a government funded school they should be paying for the laptops
because they are making it mandatory.
5. She is a single parent and can not really afford to make the payments on the laptop and she
will also have to pay now for internet at her home so her daughter can do homework.
She does agree that technology is an important part of today's society and thinks her daughter will benefit from the skills she learns she just has a few concerns.