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Next year, ALL the students at the middle school/high school where I work
(approximately 450 students in grades 7-12) will have laptops.  This year,
all the middle school students have them, and I rarely see middle school
students in the library.  I would say that about 85-90% of the high school
library use is for the computers.  I'm afraid that next year when everyone
has a laptop the library will only be used for its wireless capacity.

I love working in a district that is so forward-thinking, but I want to make
the library relevant to our students.  I have checked the archives, but most
of the conversations I found involved situations where teachers had access
to laptop carts, not ones where each student had his or her own computer.

I would love to hear from anyone who works in a school that already has a
one to one laptop ratio.  How has your job changed as a result?  How do you
interact with students and teachers in meaningful ways (not just supervising
computer use or checking out/repairing laptops)?  What advice would you give
someone just beginning the process?

Thanks in advance for your ideas.  I'll post a hit if there's interest.

Laura Strathman
Library media specialist
Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle/High School
St. Louis, MO

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