Would a laptop for every student be a crazy idea in your state?

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Would a laptop for every student be a crazy idea in your state?
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Thu, 03-24-2011 - 9:29am

Back in 2001 when former Maine governor Angus King launched an initiative that funded the purchase of a laptop for every seventh grader in the state, he didn't promise higher test scores.King recognized that tech literacy was a must-have 21st century skill,

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DS18 had a late start at age 4; we just didn't have one in the house til then, and at that point it was an old Macintosh. He's loved them ever since. Internet - probably as soon as we had it at home, which was maybe 3rd or 4th grade..

They had them in all 3 of his grade schools from K on; I'd start there at the minimum, but honestly I don't see the need of them owning a computer/laptop via the school at that age, but that they'd all have classroom access to their own would be vital. I
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We got our first computer when our dd was 3 in 1987
At 3.5 she started using the computer.
It was a before windows 3.0 and a desktop.

We had a few games and some educational programs
for Reading,Math,Writing.
By middle school we added some language

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Is the 7th grade a good age to start or should this program go younger?

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HI Sue,

In today's world 4 might be a late start, I would not have seen it as late for our kids.

My boys did not have computers at home until 96. We got dial up internet shortly there after.

They did not get laptops until they bought their own in college.

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Hi Theresa,

re: the teacher wanting powerpoints

I remember how shocked I was when my oldest took a science fair project in to school when he was in the 4th grade... so that was 1991... and most of the class had presentations that were magazine glossy prints quality on their cardboard displays... I remember seeing how sad he looked to open his marker handprinted work. Work I knew he had created, where the other work you had to wonder do the students have these skills?

I work with adults who really tested to add figures onto an excel program.

Do your boys do their own powerpoints presentations now?

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Hi Pamela,

O I forgot about the franklins.... did anyone have a geosafari? We had a commodore vic 20! Never really thought of it as a computer=real desk top... since it only played one word game. all the rest were asteroid or pong like games.

My boys were the ones who found parentsoup for me to play/chat on and I have been here ever since!