Later in the evening, however, I read Larry Cuban's latest cogent missive.
A “Naked Truth” about Technologies in Schools? « Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
In “The End of Techno-Critique: The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educational Change,” Mark Weston and Alan Bain summarize the evidence and arguments of those who have questioned 1:1 laptops. Weston and Bain profile my writings as representative of the “Techno-Critique.” Except for a few critical points, I found their summary of my articles and books fair. Furthermore, their review of the evidence of laptop use and effects in Maine and Texas is far more damning than anything I have written. [Emphasis mine]It's worth reading the whole post, but let's just say it wasn't nearly as enthusiastic as the hour with Jeff had been. I'm intrigued that there can be such a difference in perspectives.
This morning Sylvia Martinez announced the new 1:1 Schools group blog being organized by Scott McLeod. With Sylvia being involved, I feel certain it will provide balanced perspectives. I'll definitely be paying attention to this debate.