To the Editor:
Regarding the Commentary “Schooling as a Knowledge Profession” (March 30, 2011). So what’s new? Tablet personal computer learning.
Tablet PC learning can provide basic knowledge needed by everyone—English, math, basic physics, and science, hygiene, “How Stuff Works,” and “Rules of Considerate Conduct.” A memory stick instead of a textbook for each K-12 subject would provide continuity. It also would allow students to learn any time in any place on any path at any pace. A memory stick can hold an entire K-12 course, including embedded and practical test questions.
The One Laptop Per Child project has provided more than 1 million laptop computers worldwide. Soon the project will make a tablet PC available for about $70. Tablet PCs are already available in the marketplace. So this approach to learning is not new.
This is the future of schooling.
G. Stanley Doore
Silver Spring, Md.
A version of this article appeared in the April 27, 2011 edition of Education Week as Tablet Computing Is Future of Schooling