I am a third grade teacher who has been teaching for over 40 years. My school is a Title I school with an enrollment of 750 students. 70% of the children are on free or reduced lunch. I have three computers in my classroom and 18 students who "share" the computers. I also have access to the computer lab one day a week for 40 minutes.
Most of my students do not have access to a computer at their homes. I also have students who are FIT students (families in transition) Therefore, the only computer time that they have is at school.
My dream would be to have a laptop available for each student in my classroom. I would, of course, be happy with one.
We have transitioned to test taking on the computer. This is difficult for some of the students as they do not have the needed computer skills. Having computers for each in the classroom would increase their skills, help to develop research activities and increase confidence in the children. It would also allow the students have a computer to call their own while in the classroom.