|The Open Slate project fosters the construction and
use of personal computing devices designed to facilitate information sharing
in loosely structured environments. A key component is Chalk Dust, instructional
applications and content developed using the open-source model. These concepts
are aimed primarily at high school and college learning, but success will lead to
much broader appeal.
The intended outcome of the project is a cultural phenomenon, one that
compares well with the response to previously new technology such as CDs,
pagers, and cell-phones. Creation of the technology alone will not be sufficient for
success. Neither will adoption by a school or even a school district. Only
when the technology described here has become a major part of student culture
can it be considered a success.