I think we can all agree that anyone using this forum is a proponent of using EdTech in the classroom, but when it comes to the hardware whose should we be using?
Should schools provide students with laptops/ipads/ipod/etc. for use in the classroom? Or should students be required to bring the hardware with them from home? Is a laptop the new textbook/TI-83/compass? Or should schools have to provide these resources just as they provide teachers with blackboards, chalk and other materials?
It's a big question. Initial thoughts: advantages of student providing is a) saves the school the expense, b) sets student up for life by making sure he or she has the tools necessary to function in this world. The benefits of the school providing are a) uniform tech resources (avoid mac-pc issues etc.), b) ability to limit what is on the laptops etc. to help ensure that students aren't using them for inappopriate uses, and c) you can ensure that hardware will be there consistently when you need it.
We started out providing laptops to our students, but stopped for a combination of financial reasons and the reality that the vast majority of our students had their own anyway (we have a few school-owned laptops for those students who don't have their own, and we are trying to upgrade to more functional and up-to-date "backup" laptops).
In theory I feel that the advantages of school-owned hardware make it the ideal, but if schools are having issues with the financial end, the middle ground is workable also.