He writes: This report from Pennsylvania shows that laptops in schools are a mixed blessing in a more realistic analysis than the constantly glowing but entirely anecdotal stream of news from Maine. In PA, computers are tools, but they also require care and feeding which takes time. And students forget to bring laptops 50 percent of the time when they’re actually needed to projects in class. (This would argue that students don’t need the laptops at home all the time and perhaps they don’t all individually need laptops — more of a pooled system could be better.)
Interesting difference compared with Wired New’s stories about Maine’s experiment with laptops in schools.