Students constantly ask me if we are going to be in the computer lab. The change I see in the students from Thursday to Friday is huge... I would love to be a paperless classroom. Less to carry home, less to get lost, less for students worry about getting turned in. Plus it's great for the environment. My only question is how do I pull in enough laptops, Palms, iPod Touches to make this work? Grant funding is great but hard to secure. How did you make this happen in your classroom?
You can't do this on your own. Trust me.
But you can't run a school on your own either. The key is to have the full support of your administration. In my school, I was fortunate in that the initial move towards technology was something that the administration was going to do anyway. So under the guidance of our principal we became a one-to-one computing school. The trick for us teachers was what to do next.
That said, it is beyond the shadow of a doubt that one-to-one computing is going to become the standard in education. PDA programs have been going on since the late 90's, and if I had to make one prediction, it would be that PCs are going to become both faster and cheaper in the coming days. And it will not be long before the state and local systems, in some fashion or another, are supplying some sort of handheld or laptop device to all matriculated students. It might sound absolutely crazy now, but it will happen.