[K12OSN] Computer lab needed in Elementary school?

Robert Arkiletian robark at gmail.com
Thu May 5 20:04:37 UTC 2011

On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM, Joseph Bishay <joseph.bishay at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
> fashion".
> 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
> feedback.

Yes this seems to be the way people at the top are thinking these
days. The trend is towards having wireless and a personal device per
student, be it laptops or otherwise.

Robert Arkiletian
Eric Hamber Secondary, Vancouver, Canada

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