Like many of you, there have been times that I have heard someone say something that has really left me frustrated, angry, or absolutely bewildered. Over the past three years, I’ve also heard those same types of statements in reference to one-to-one schools. My list of things that make me scratch my head are listed below in no particular order. These quotes certainly don’t necessarily represent common beliefs, but they do exist. My short commentary is beneath each quote.
The iPad (or insert another one-to-one device) combats the physical burden that students suffer from having to lug around textbooks on their backs.
I actually don’t disagree with this quote, but I still hate it! If schools are making the move to 1:1 to literally lighten backpack weight, it is a REALLY bad investment!
I worry that I will no longer be the center of the class if we move to 1:1.
Ugh! I can’t believe I heard this comment in a public meeting with 40 other educators. I hope, and believe, this remark came from someone in the very small minority.
Students are going to be very distracted with one-to-one.
Schools across the country are currently doing a very poor job engaging students. One-to-one by itself isn’t the solution, but it sure has the potential to help in numerous ways.
The technology really doesn’t matter.
I don’t think we can fulfill our role as schools in 2011 without adequately educating our students about how to use technology appropriately and effectively. In order to do so, schools need technology that students can access on a regular basis!
Good teaching is good teaching.
I understand the thinking behind this statement, and agree with it to a point. However, I don’t believe technology can any longer live as something separate that classrooms can choose to ignore. I’m not arguing that technology needs to be used every minute of every class, but ignoring it shouldn’t be an option either! Students WILL be expected to leave schools and know how to use technology in their personal and professional lives.
My point in posting this list is more than just venting (although I won’t deny a bit of venting). Hearing these statements reinforces how important it is that schools communicate their message. Do all of your stakeholders know WHY you went one-to-one?
Are there any quotes that you could add to the list that really get under your skin?