I am impressed overall with the mission and framework outlined on the “P21.org” website. I could not find much that I could not agree with however I noticed that items listed under “21st Century Support Systems” are not all realistic give todays current financial situation and how this has affected many schools. The item Allow equitable access to quality learning tools, technologies and resources sounds like a great idea but how do school districts make this happen? True there are state and federal grants out there for just about anything these days but allowing equitable access to any educational resources seems to be a definite challenge faced by educators and school leaders. One criticism I have on the information I found that relates to my state and “Route 21” is that it is four years old. That’s like 20 years in terms of technology change. My state needs to get updated info. on the current status of this program.
I just saw a great presentation from the people at CEPARE (center for education policy, applied research and evaluation). The presenters were David Silvernail and Kika Stump and it focused on the research they have done identifying high achieving and more efficient schools in Maine. Here’s a link to their site http://usm.maine.edu/cepare and here’s a link to a recent article on the evaluation of Maine’s Laptop Program http://usm.maine.edu/cepare/middle-school-one-one-laptop-program-maine-experience that I found on their site as well. I’d like to hear from Maine educators on what exciting things they are doing with laptops in 1:1.