Lab of Netbooks


“How many of you have created a lab of netbooks?” When I first ran across a lab of netbooks, the network cables looked like blue concertina wire strung in between devices too small to handle the cabling. I promptly snapped a picture of it and sent it to my supervisor at the time. She was appalled as I was and a crew of technicians was sent to make the lab “more permanent.” Still, no surprise when campus teachers led by a principal with a “Make It Happen!” attitude do just that.

In the meantime, we have lots of portable computers that are put into fixed labs and spend a frightening amount of time as a replacement for paper/pencil multiple choice tests.
There are stacks of clicker systems mostly in closets except when pulled out to use for a few minutes as a “fun” way to practice for standardized tests. (Source: Assorted Stuff)

As I read Tim’s entry, that image of blue wire strung between netbooks keeps coming to mind. We’re scrambling, as a Nation, to go digital, not so we can achieve the vision and promise that digital learning makes possible–creative, collaborate, critical thinking–but rather so we can do more efficiently that which dehumanizes us, that makes us into a series of numbers more easily fit into a legislator’s sound byte.

Are network cables our new way of keeping people in digital concentration camps, people left yearning for something more?

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