The "next big thing" has arrived in education, and it's a little computer--the netbook. School districts from Maine to California are considering acquiring netbooks for student use, figuring they are a low-cost route toward one-to-one computing. Never mind whether one-to-one computing is truly a panacea--are netbooks a good education platform for our children?
The advocates for netbooks make three basic arguments:
1. The price is right: We can afford enough machines for every student.
2. The size is right: Students will do best with a small, light machine.
3. Students don't need any more power: With cloud computing, everything they need is available on the...