40,000 ASUS Netbook laptop computersA district spokeswomen told Michigan Radio that “Each school will be developing its own unique curriculum for the netbooks. And really the sky’s the limit for implementation of the new technology in the classroom.”
5,000 for teachers
35,000 for students
4,789 HP desktop computers – one for every classroom
4,291 multi-purpose printer/scanners
4,550 document cameras
533 HP desktop computers delivered for use in early childhood education programs
273 SMART Boards purchased for School Improvement Grant schools through Title I funds obtained by Wayne RESA
I have a few concerns:
- Have/will teachers be properly trained to incorporate this technology in pedagogically sound ways?
- Have/will students be instructed on more than the simple basics of MS Office and graphic design? Will they be taught about the importance of their digital footprint, proper online behavior, and the power of virtual collaboration?
- DPS students are already under performing. How will adding a new layer of complexity (a netbook for every student) improve teaching and learning?