Design a 1:1 Laptop School

Design A 1:1 SchoolI just spent the morning in a Memphis Hotel room finishing my materials for my 2007 Lausanne Laptop Institute presentation tomorrow. The session is called “Synergy Unleashed,” and its a discussion of how we might focus the design of a brand new school in order to take full advantage of the benefits of 1:1 laptops. That doesn’t mean maximizing their use– but to bring out the best synergy of laptops and learning.

I’m interested in this topic for a lot of reasons– primarily, I wonder if there’s general agreement among ed tech types that there are types of schools that laptops serve well. If we could quantify those characteristics, it might help us as we shape our own program designs and expectations of how 1:1 laptops will work in existing schools.

Toward this end, I’ve transferred most of the content from the presentation to a Zoomerang survey that everyone can complete. To take the survey, simply go to

I will also post this link and invitation on the ISED-L discussion list, as well as inviting my session attendees to take the survey tomorrow. On July 26th, I’ll make the results of the survey publicly available both here and on a post to ISED-L.

Now, if I can get this done, I can go for a hot and humid walk in Memphis, TN.

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