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To the Editor:
I attended the Neary presentation by Tom Daccord on Tuesday evening and came away feeling very excited for the opportunities about to be afforded our children through the 1:1 pilot project.
One focus of Mr. Daccord’s presentation I found particularly exciting was the seemingly limitless ways of creative expression and problem solving that come with the use of this technology. By opening up more pathways to access information, comprehension and retention can only be enhanced for our children. How lucky they will be to be able to apply, instantly and directly, concepts introduced only moments before.
To be sure, the implementation of such a project will not come without problems. But few things worthwhile ever do. One parent commented to me after the presentation “What is the very worst thing that can happen if we try this and how great would it be on the upside if it did?”. The potential this has for truly helping our children to thrive in ways not possible in what may be considered a more traditional environment seems to outweigh any possible downside. There is certainly a significant financial component to this and I look forward to seeing how this is addressed in the information packet due tomorrow and in the discussions on Wednesday evening.
I want to express my gratitude to all who have devoted so much time, energy and effort to help develop this program. I believe our teachers, administrators and school committee members are talented, enthusiastic professionals who are taking great care to ensure our children benefit from the advantages available to this generation. The work our teachers have done over the past two years to develop this project is informed by their many years of working with our children in the classroom and determining the very best ways to reach them. I am grateful that our administrators have made the decision that the children in our schools will not fall behind.