chapter  8
Final thoughts on laptops for children
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Ubiquitous computing is becoming increasingly ubiquitous-from a few schools in Australia to a number of states, several school districts, and thousands of schools in the United States to country-wide programs in developing countries through the OCPL project. The debate of what the best technology is for ubiquitous computing is still going on; nonetheless, a rapidly growing number of students worldwide are obtaining and using their digital pencils, varying from laptops, Tablet PCs, and simplified $100 laptops to personal digital assistants (PDAs), gameboards, cell phones, and many other options. The penetration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) into classrooms has created opportunities for ubiquitous computing to take root in schools and affect the established cultural practices. Schools in turn shape what ubiquitous technologies are used, in what ways, and for what purposes.