Notebooks in schools – not always a success

May 4th, 2007

The NY Times looks at how notebooks in schools aren't always a good idea:

The students at Liverpool High have used their school-issued laptops to exchange answers on tests, download pornography and hack into local businesses. When the school tightened its network security, a 10th grader not only found a way around it but also posted step-by-step instructions on the Web for others to follow (which they did).

Scores of the leased laptops break down each month, and every other morning, when the entire school has study hall, the network inevitably freezes because of the sheer number of students roaming the Internet instead of getting help from teachers.

Technology is great, but its use in schools (and at work) needs to be regulated and controlled or it becomes a total time-waste.

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