Schools are eager to become 1:1 with laptop programs, but they are wrong with this kind of thinking. Gone will be the days of mice and keyboards. The 5:1 and 4:1 classrooms are those of the future for tech-heavy, well-endowed and ‘lucky’ schools. What do these programs consist of? Let’s look:
- Projector / with Mimio, Smartboard, or Promethian – no keyboards
- Wacom Tablets and All-in-one Multitouch Computers – no keyboards
- Surface Computers, like Windows / Samsung Surface Computers – no keyboards
- Tablets, like iPads, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Asus Eee Pad, Motorolla Xoom (My choice) – no keyboards
- Smart phones using Swype technology– no keyboards
And maybe a notebook here and there with a keyboard for my grandma. But let’s be done with the rows and rows of computer desktop classrooms.
I am hoping that provocative questions like these are proof enough:
- How many phones are there that are switching from touch-pads to multi-touch?
- How many kids 4 and under are better at turning on and using an iPad than a keyboard and mouse? (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150260787791089)
- How come the fastest text typers are using something called Swype with Android, rather than keypads?
- Why is the the tablet rising in sales versus the laptop? (http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/06/business/la-fi-tablet-era-20110506)
- Why is Windows 8 made completely for multi-touch capabilities?
What does this mean for schools and educators? This means:
- Different ideas for the budget.
- Continued training for teachers about how to use these devices.
- Technology Integration Specialists, instead of classroom technology teachers
- Allowing students to bring their devices to school
- Supporting student devices, both physically, through networking and academically, with authentic connections to lessons
- Everyone needs New ways of thinking.