tdgeek: So what happens when 5 kids have iPads, 10 have 5 different types of netbooks, and a few have 5 different types of Android tablets???
Surely the best plan for all is to get a deal of a classroom worth of identical netbooks, with 10 hour battery life? $400 ish
Which is like saying all students must use a particular brand of pen or pencil and only
Most content is going to be cloud or web-based. Some of the resources may be on a local server though.
Many schools are looking at a Google Apps or Live@Edu model for providing email, calendaring, blogging for students. Many schools are working towards Learning management systems such as Moodle or Ultranet. Many schools are working towards an increased use of e-portolios. Some schools are rolling out iPads, some netbooks, some full laptops.
Catalyst IT host/build and support http://myportfolio.school.nz/ - which is a massive undertaking - that has much potential for life-long learning.
Standardised devices are great if you're in charge of the IT support. And they may be great if you're in charge of the budget for the school. But as is evidenced on this thread - some parents, and some students are going to want other options. Orewa have settled on a standard device - and they're getting bagged for it. Some schools in NZ have Bring Your Own Device policies, and provide network, SSO login capacity and server resources for students as appropriate.
Burnside High in Chch has undergone a major upgrade and has a BYOD policy I believe. Another example of excellent ICT integration and thinking about ICT and its educational impact is Albany Senior High School.
Mark Osborne the DP there - has an excellent attitude to FOSS and an open pedagogy. As well as being very tech savvy - they have set their flexible learning spaces to cater for wired students as well as for those who actually are happy enough to work using pen, paper and a pencil.