Nice post over at Assorted Stuff about school laptop programs. Among other things, he points out that giving laptops to increase student motivation to learn isn't necessarily going to work in the long term, once the novelty effect wears off. He concludes his post:
"However, American education will not improve without some major alterations to everything from the calendar to curriculum to organization. Just adding laptops to the mix will not work. Computers should certainly be part of that change but just computerizing a classroom (or a kid) in the long term will make no difference to teaching and learning. None!"