Old, Slow Laptops Are Sabotaging College Student Success


But even students who do have Wi-Fi and digital devices for schoolwork may not be able to fully participate in their courses if the technology they have is old, outdated or not powerful enough to handle the demands of today’s higher ed software and streaming services.

9 of the Best Laptop Backpacks for Students

Fractus Learning

Students are transporting a variety of tech with them each day, and this can include laptops. Rather than just shoving a laptop into an ordinary book bag, laptop backpacks can help to make carrying a laptop more convenient, and hopefully a little safer.


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Tech Tip #101: The Laptop Internet Button

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Q: My internet stopped working on my laptop. A: First: Make sure the laptop button that allows connection to the internet is on. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

169 Tech Tip #101: The Laptop Internet Button

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today’s tip: #101–the Laptop Internet Button. Q: My internet stopped working on my laptop. A: Make sure the laptop button that allows connection (on some laptops) to the internet is on. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 25 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. Learning in one-to-one laptop environments: A meta-analysis and research synthesis. While literature reviews and research syntheses have been conducted previously on laptop programs, this meta-analytic study is the first ever on this topic.

Rethinking Laptop Bans (AGAIN) and Note Taking


Annually, we go through the outrage cycle around laptop bans. Student Erynn Brook took to Twitter to speak about her own experience as a student with ADHD and how she uses her laptop. Here are some highlights: If I’m on my laptop in class I have the following things going on: 1. Now let’s get to the laptop bans and what happens for me as a student with ADHD when I don’t have access to tech in the classroom. laptops moral panics

In the News: On the Future of Maine’s Laptop Program

Doug Levin

Such uncertainty speaks directly to the need for better monitoring of technology’s use and impact in K-12, said Douglas Levin, the president of EdTech Strategies LLC, a consulting organization. … While some educators and digital-learning proponents bristle at the notion that technology initiatives should be expected to move the needle on standardized test results, Levin of EdTech Strategies thinks it’s a fair expectation. As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin.

Stop asking whether laptops improve learning outcomes

eSchool News

It’s a question we hear all too often—from parents, technology critics, and, of course, the news media: Do those pricey laptops schools buy actually improve academic results? Schools make big investments in technology and stakeholders want to see a return on that investment—by way of better school ratings or big jumps in test scores. But really, the question is superficial and shows a limited understanding of what is needed to enhance teaching and learning using technology.

Laptops are Great, Even During Lecture or Meetings


The New York Times recently ran an article by Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy, and economics at the University of Michigan in which she argued against the use of laptops and other such technological tools in classrooms. The article’s main thrust is that she will not allow students to use laptops and other electronics, with the exception of students with special needs, in her classes. The Laptop Generation is coming.

Teaching on Laptops and Digital Whiteboard Might Not Be as Different as You Think. 


Whiteboard for Windows is available on both laptop and ViewBoard (ViewSonic’s interactive flat panel). We recommend planning lessons on a laptop. All features are available for laptop users. Laptop cameras enable teachers to show physical or paper materials if they want.

What Happened to the ‘$100 Laptop’?


Back in 2005, one of the biggest stories in tech was a project by a group of MIT professors to build a $100 laptop and give them to children in schools around the world. At the time, a typical laptop cost well over $1,000. His nonprofit, called One Laptop per Child (OLPC), did go on to create millions of devices, named XO computers, for a price closer to about $130 each. That never quite came to fruition, but almost 3 million is still a lot of laptops out there.

Innovative Ideas for Reducing Laptop Loss & Theft


At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit that took place December 2019, leaders in technology and education shared innovative ideas used to reduce device loss and theft

Acer launches no risk laptop seed program

eSchool News

Education has changed rapidly over the last decade, as schools have been working diligently to integrate technology across their curriculum, into their classrooms, and throughout administration to improve the education of students,” said Richard Black, vice president, marketing communications, Acer America. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning News Top News administration best black chrome classrooms cloud Curriculum Education free K-12 laptop school schools solutions states

Big Educational Laptop and Tablet Projects - Ten Countries to Learn From

Battelle for Kids

Recent headlines from places as diverse as Kenya and California are just two announcements among many which highlight the increasing speed and scale by which portable computing devices (laptops, tablets) are being rolled out in school systems all over the world.

What Happens When Low-Income College Students Borrow Free Laptops?


The post ( perhaps one like this ) described how alienating and awkward it can feel for a student to show up to class without a laptop. With professors saying ‘Everyone take out your laptop,’ it was not an inclusive environment. So the dean asked Perreault and Gretchen Kopmanis, technology services office manager and Mac team lead, to devise a pilot program that would help low-income students get access to laptops—and maybe even improve their enrollment and retention rates, too.

Here’s why digital math tools are a must-have

eSchool News

Over the last 20 years, I have worked with education technology in many different ways. When I transitioned to a district employee, technology continued to be a part of my job in a different way. During this time, I worked on a program that put a laptop into the hands of every student.

The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

The Hechinger Report

More than twice as many principals in 2017 said students in their schools were assigned some type of mobile device, like a laptop or tablet, than in 2015. High schoolers assigned a laptop or a Chromebook were more likely to take notes in class, do internet research, create documents to share, collaborate with their peers on projects, check their grades and get reminders about tests or homework due dates. But technology can help facilitate these classroom experiences, Evans said.

This software turns old laptops into new Chromebooks

eSchool News

Using device-agnostic software called Neverware, districts are breathing new life into old laptops. When Waller Independent School District of Waller, Texas, decided to start upgrading its laptops and desktops to Windows 7 in 2014, the district had one big concern: time. After years of using Chromebooks alongside its traditional laptops, school leaders were anticipating lightning-fast boot up times from their new investments.

20 Of The Best Laptops Of 2016

TeachThought - Learn better.

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Note Taking in Lectures: Laptops or Longhand?

Leadership Lounge

A recent New York Times article, Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting , resumed the debate over whether laptops and other digital devices should be banned from classrooms, and if students should only be allowed to take lecture notes longhand and on paper. And she extends her case against laptops to include high school classrooms, as well as workplace meetings. Perhaps we doodlers were less distracting to those around us than current laptop users.

It's Not a Technology Issue

A Principal's Reflections

Technology still gets a bad rap in many education circles. This ends up resulting in the formation of rules and policies that severely restrict or prohibit student use of mobile technology and social media as tools to support and/or enhance learning. Even with the proliferation of technology across all facets of society, we still see schools moving at a snail’s pace (if at all) to adapt, or better yet evolve, to a digital world.

State offers laptops as trade-in for school iPads

eSchool News

Students, teachers cite increased game-playing on iPads and ask for laptops to use for educational purposes. After hearing students and teachers overwhelmingly say iPad computers are used to play games in class, while laptops are better for schoolwork, Auburn and other Maine districts are sending iPads packing and returning to laptops. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of laptops: 88.5

#ThrowbackThursday - One Laptop Per Child

The Innovative Educator

Today we''ll look at The Innovative Educator''s early coverage of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Written : April 4, 2008 Topic : Low cost laptops Background : With the advent of these low-cost learning tools, teaching in a one-to-one environment will become more and more prevalent. Who might be interested : Anyone who is using low cost laptops who is interested in how they came into being. Reader question : How have low cost laptops changed what happens where you work?

Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

The Hechinger Report

Districts across Mississippi, like Greenville and Columbus, have adopted technology programs in classrooms. When Philip Hickman took over the role of superintendent in 2014 in the Columbus Municipal School District in east Mississippi, technology was almost nonexistent. Hickman, who formerly worked as an assistant superintendent for the technology-rich Houston Independent School District in Texas, said he panicked when he saw the state of technology. “It

Move Over, Laptop Ban. This Professor Teaches a 5-Hour Tech-Less Reading Class.


David Peña-Guzman starts off his Friday class at San Francisco State University like any other professor might: students file in and pull out their note-taking materials, and he opens his laptop to begin lecture. Students put away their technology and read for four hours. “It’s Technology is allowed from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m., David Peña-Guzman Peña-Guzman researches the philosophy of science, technology and other subjects.

Review: Power Up with the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

EdTech Magazine

Review: Power Up with the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop. They all agreed the laptop has a great reputation within the gaming community. . The Helios 300 is a gaming laptop designed to be not only affordable but also powerful enough to handle the rigors of a high school esports program. . Buzz Garwood, the technology teacher at Home Gardens Academy in Corona, Calif., eli.zimmerman_9856. Sat, 10/12/2019 - 15:44.

Maine Announces Learning Technology Framework

More Verbs

The true value of laptops and tablets in schools is not learning to use the technology, but rather using the technology to learn. The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI ) have been in place since 2002 and has certainly helped close the Digital Access Divide in Maine. The Framework describes the key elements and components needed to get the greatest learning benefit from a district’s technology investment.

Do one-to-one laptop programs improve learning?

eSchool News

A Michigan State University study found surprising results when researchers analyzed laptop programs. Students who receive a laptop computer from their school tend to see a noticeable increase in academic achievement, a Michigan State University study reveals. Correct implementation is key, Zheng emphasized, and simply distributing laptops to students will not boost achievement. Just putting a laptop before a student doesn’t really help them with anything,” Zheng said.

Innovative Ideas for Reducing Laptop Loss / Theft

The Innovative Educator

At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit that took place December 2019, leaders in technology and education shared innovative ideas used to reduce device loss and theft across a variety of populations. Jenith Mishne, Director of Education Technology in Newport-Mesa Unified School District (USD) takes personalizatoin to a whole new level. This also helps address summer slide issues as the students can have access to technology even when school is out.

Guest post: Technology in Schools


In today’s world, technology is increasingly becoming predominant in schools. Students nowadays have access to the latest and up to date technology. Devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc. Data label, an online label manufacturing company, conducted a survey recently where people were asked whether they feel technology in schools has had positive effects on children. The role technology has played in today’s schools is quite significant.

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

William Horton says it best, "Unless you get instructional design right, technology can only increase the speed and certainty of failure." We found great success at my school during our digital transformation by focusing on pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate mindset.

Ways to Get Technology into Your Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

I’ve been quite blessed to travel to over 20 countries and help teachers integrate technology even in places with very little funding. Often, we are not fortunate to work in schools that provide us with the budget to get the technology we want. The proceeds can go towards getting computers, laptops, tablets, better wifi, a technology cart, or other digital tools. Ways to Get Technology for Your Classes from Shelly Terrell.

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. Yet there are also bright shining stars of technology use—both in proof points and in studies, such as this Ithaka study or this U.S. In that context, I would ban laptops, too. This finding isn’t unique to the technology of computers in classrooms.

zSpace Unveils World’s First AR/VR Laptop


CHICAGO – June 25, 2018 – According to a national study by , schools with one-to-one laptop environments show higher levels of academic achievement. Now with today’s launch of the world’s first augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) laptop from Silicon Valley company, zSpace Inc., Today’s launch of the zSpace Laptop takes that experience to the next level, moving our comfortable, interactive learning experience to the accessibility and affordability of the mobile platform.”

9 of the Best Laptop Cart Options For Schools

Fractus Learning

In today’s classroom landscape, laptops, chromebooks, and various tablets are a common educational tool. For a school that has its own technology that is distributed to students, a laptop cart is the best way to safely store and charge laptops. A laptop / chromebook cart should have a convenient way to store a number of devices and charge them simultaneously. Charging Cart Series: Laptop Cart Options For Schools.