Schools, school districts, states and nations across the world are trying systems to provide a laptop for each student in a classroom. Some "one-to-one" laptop programs have been under way for over a decade; many are just starting out. To inform educators and stakeholders about the variety of ways one-to-one programs are designed and implemented, the Wikibook provides case studies on programs around the globe. Some use inexpensive Linux computers, others Apple Macintosh, and others Windows. Some begin in the elementary grades, others in high school, and yet others in middle school. The differences in goals and implementation among the programs provides a range of options to those considering a one-to-one implementation.
Some of the case studies have been compiled from published information, and many have been augmented with personal interviews with key implementation staff. This Wikibook starts with a focus on implementation issues: what in each case went as planned, and what unexpected issues had to be overcome. The intent of the Wikibook is to compile case studies of best practices and of issues to anticipate to help new initiatives learn from the pioneers.