In September we handed netbooks to all of our freshmen and sophomores. The students were given the responsibility to carry their netbooks 24/7 and make sure their netbooks were charged and ready to be used for a full school day. Our school is very old. There are not enough electical outlets to allow the students to charge their netbooks during the school day.
The one-to-one program has been going better than expected. Our teachers are taking advantage of Google’s Apps for education; we are using less and less paper. We are also using other web sites such as Edmodo and Quizlet. For the most part, our students have been very responsible with the netbooks; they bring them to school everyday fully charged. They are learning to collaborate and find resources to help them with different projects.
The one problem we’ve had, which caught us off guard, is the high number of cracked screens. Luckily, these netbooks are insured and insurance will cover the broken screen the first time it happens. Better netbook bags has helped to reduce the number of these incidents.
Overall, it has been successful! We continue to integrate technology more and more into all area of our curricula.