Two recent developments have brought the debate over school laptop initiatives back into the spotlight: An Aug. 31 piece in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) cited parents and education experts who voiced concerns over the effectiveness of such programs. Just days earlier, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced a new book, 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs that Work, that profiles several states and school districts whose one-to-one initiatives have been branded a success.

According to the WSJ article, some parents and technology experts are part of a growing opposition to one-to-one programs. Only...

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