The summer before my school went 1 to 1, we tried to prepare for any foreseeable problems our students, parents, or teachers might encounter. One issue was Internet access. There are many in our community who suffer from unemployment or underemployment and roughly 70% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. What are students supposed to do if they have homework and they need the Internet to complete their work? While they likely have local hotspots, friends, or relatives who have Internet, as a school we can't ask them to "just figure it out" without a reasonable option. My experience has been that students are efficient excuse machines, and if given any legitimacy, they, and their parents, will overrun you.
Thus, the creation of Computer Club. Computer club is an after school, supervised place for students to work on homework or just hangout and use the school's Internet access. This is also a place to get help with computers. Teachers often send student to me in Computer Club to learn how to use iMovie, iPhoto, or some web tool. Teachers themselves regularly drop in to get tech advice or troubleshoot a problem.
To be fair, lots of kids come to Computer Club to play non-educational games like Minecraft, and hang out with their friends. However, one could argue this is a great alternative to having them walking around town getting into trouble or returning to an empty house because their parents are at work. Last week I sat up and surveyed the kids in Computer Club. There were several athletes using it as a pre-practice study hall, there were 2 kids discussing their new blog and how to promote it, our APAX News Team was planning their next broadcast, about 12 hardcore Minecraft builders hunched over their computer, and another 6 or 7 kids floating from group to group socializing and casually working on homework. It was exciting to see kids engaged in what they were doing and having fun in school. Computer Club has been an integral part of our 1:1 plan, it has also become a time for clubs to assemble like APAX News Team and the new upstart SWAT Team (Students Working to Assist Technology). Great things are happening in little Wabash, Indiana, and like our announcements regularly say, "its a great day to be an Apache".