In 2003 Microsoft and the city of Philadelphia set out to build the "School of the Future." In 2006, the school opened and touted a 1-1 laptop program, campus-wide WiFi, an innovative schedule, and "project based learning." Three years later, the school has been labeled a failure by the American Enterprise Institute.
Meris Stansbury, associate editor of eClassroom News wrote an extensive article reporting all of the facts and comments from key administrators from the Philadelphia school district and from Microsoft.
The entire situation is a comedy of errors including the fact that the Philadelphia school district is Mac based and the School of the Future (SOF) is PC based and that despite all of the technology integrated into the school, there wasn't any on site IT support.
The entire situation is succinctly summarized by Jan Birson, a former member of the SOF Curriculum Planning Committee:
"We naively thought, I guess, that by providing a beautiful building and great resources, these things would automatically yield change. They didn't."Technology is good, but only when it is implemented for a reason. High tech for the sake of tech is a waste of time and money. A good lesson for all.