[K12OSN] Computer lab needed in Elementary school?

John Oligario johno at islandwood.org
Thu May 5 17:36:22 UTC 2011

Perhaps your consultant wants you to think along his lines and go with
less expensive say of doing things. Where I am we have a few computer
labs even though most of the teaching is outdoors.

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Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 10:34 AM
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Subject: [K12OSN] Computer lab needed in Elementary school?

Hello everyone,

We are in the process of building a new elementary school, and one of
the education consultants who specializes in elementary schools has
told us that "modern" elementary schools do not have a need for a
computer lab.  In fact, we were told that our planned computer lab is
detrimental for the school's image and reputation as it is "old

To be honest I was very shocked.  While both of us agree that there
should be some computers in each of the classrooms, not having a
dedicated computer lab to me is surprising.  In Ontario there is no
specific curriculum for computers in elementary school but I know that
in my elementary school we did have a lab and used it extensively!

I wanted feedback from those of you in education as to what you think.
 This does affect our planning and budget greatly so I appreciate your

Thank you

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