As I mentioned in my previous post, Dan Maas - the CIO of Littleton Public Schools - has a blog. His latest post is about some initial research around Maine's 1:1 Laptop Initiative which shows that student writing is improving.
While that's worth blogging about in and of itself, what interests me most is the 29 comments (so far), mostly by ninth graders at my school. This was not an assignment, nor were they asked to comment, but their teacher did point the post out to them. The 29th comment is from one of our school board members, who asks for additional input from students, specifically from those that are not in a classroom with regular access to laptops.
I left a comment with a link to some discussions students had last year around this issue, but we have quite a few more students with access to laptops this year - as well as the majority who do not. So, AHS students, this is your chance. Whether you are in any classes that use laptops or not, and whether you think laptops are a good idea or a bad idea (or a little of both), please visit his blog and leave a thoughtful, constructive comment (please remember to use first name and last initial only for your name). This is a chance to have your voice heard, please make it worthwhile, and do your best to make sure it's not the last.