We’ve made our capital purchases for the year, but if I was doing it again, I’d put my money into mobile phones, not laptops.
More and more, it seems to me that computers are tools for production. They do that job very well, but compared to a mobile phone, they seem like clunky communication, data capturing and (maybe) searching tools: not even the lightweight web-books will fit into a jacket pocket. And if networked schools are not brick-and-mortar schools, I’d think we want something that’s easy to pack along because who knows where we’ll be when we want to search, capture, share, talk and so on.
I have a feeling we’ve only begun to see the power of the mobile phone. Much of middle school education (that’s my expertise, but it’s probably true K-12) is about exploring and a mobile may be a better tool for doing that. I’m certainly not saying mobiles are a magic bullet; but so far as I want technology in my classroom, I want it to be mobile phone technology.
Again, I made this diagram in Webspiration , a beta online version of the desktop program, Inspiration. If you’d like to help revise the diagram, send me an email at SITS and I’ll add you to the list of editors.