There is no doubt that if you throw every child a device they will love it. They will be smiling, they will have something new in their hands, they will be engaged.
I've been in a few schools with 800 odd devices and the very obvious thing is that those students on the fringes of classrooms were engaged. The behavioural kids are into it, I struggled to see a student mucking about doing nothing and this was across a range of schools in different areas.
If engagement is what you are buying when u buy into a technology rich environment with children - is it enough ?
A colleague on the trip came out with this gem :
Comparing engagement to achievement is often talked about - what about comparing disengagement to non achievement ! nice one Helen
The Q is : can we afford not to deliver the technology and risk disengagement ?