What Is the Future of 1:X?
The district aspires for the 1:X Initiative to cover all students, grades 1-12, by 2016. It aims to employ a technology-adept faculty. It hopes its success will be a model for education everywhere.
LISD's approach is heavily bond-dependent, however. Failure to secure another bond within two years will make their 2016 target unreachable. Increasing student costs will stretch the education gap between rich and poor.
Competition between Microsoft and Apple over schools is inevitable. The two monsters of the tech world want their logos all over modern classrooms. They will duel over it, but they are in the business of money-making. They may donate some technology, but the gift of an at-cost device for every student is unrealistic.
Reallocation of funds will bridge some of the gap. No longer purchasing textbooks will free up money for technology, but not enough. As anyone with a three-year old computer knows, gear must be updated. Students waiting forever for downloads and frozen computers will soon become unruly.
Bring Your Own Technology will put a few more devices in the classroom but also alienate the low-income students.