How ownership and liability issues can impact the use of computers in schools
What are some of the 'little details' that can actually have a big impact on whether the devices supplied to schools are actually used at all?
I have seen similar sorts of calculations done in other education systems where there have been big initiatives to provide schools, teachers, students and/or families with computing equipment but where issues around ownership and liability were not clearly defined and communicated -- with similiar results.
Who owns the computer equipment in schools, who pays for the stuff that gets broken, who decides, and how is this information communicated?
In Laptopia, a school essentially (I'm oversimplifying) assumed joint responsibility for many of the physical assets in its building (desks, textbooks, etc.
In many low and lower middle income countries around the world, large scale purchases of computing devices for use in schools are just beginning to happen.