I posted the following as a reply to Ken Royal’s post, “Digital Readers Make Education Sense” today:
Ken: Why would you advocate that teachers get simple eReaders for students, when full-fledged Netbooks can be obtained which are less expensive and do so much more? The Ubuntu software installation image by Open 1:1 has over 100 applications included on it, is totally free, and eBook readers are just one of those. I share your enthusiasm for helping students who may not have previously been excited about reading or writing change their attitudes and behaviors… but it seems netbooks offer a much more protean/versatile platform than an eBook reader. Plus, netbooks allow students to become content creators and writers, where simple ebooks do not…. Open 1:1 is on: http://open1to1.org
I checked out the latest Sony eBook readers today at a mall in Dallas. Although they look very snazzy, and I’m definitely sold on the value of eBook readers for consumers, I remain convinced inexpensive netbooks are the best choice for student 1:1 learning devices today.
If you are considering any type of 1:1 project for students, be sure to check out Jim Klein’s excellent resource, “Linux on Netbooks.” Resources for our Storychaser’s Mobile Learning Collaborative (including Ubuntu on Linux links) are available on our blog and project wiki.
This post was mobile blogged from a Dell Mini10 netbook running Win7 (haven’t got connectivity figured out yet for my AT&T USB data card on Ubuntu) and the Google Chrome web browser on the Heartland Flyer Amtrak train enroute from Ft Worth to Oklahoma City.
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On this day..
- Why National Geographic on the iPad is Amazing - 2013
- Podcast365: Leadership Lessons for 1:1 Learning Projects from Leslie Wilson (The One-to-One Institute) - 2011
- Free 1 Year Bible on YouVersion - 2011
- Learning from Angela, Kern and Konrad - 2010
- Skype Virtual Guest Speakers and Collaboration wiki - 2009
- Resurrecting old conference notes before the days of blogging - 2009
- Podcast298: An Interview on Manitoba Morning Radio with Darren Kuropatwa about Numeracy, Literacy, Student Summary Blogging, Digital Learning and the K-12 Online Conference - 2009
- Paraphrased quotations from today's radio interviews in Winnipeg, Manitoba - 2009
- Encourage hands-on science inquiry! - 2008
- Blogging to order and control consciousness - 2007