But a few years ago a girl in one of my classes came in beaming one day and said because of my class her mother had bought her a laptop. When I asked if this was a bad thing (ie did I pressure her in some way) she said no and that her mother had no idea schools used laptops that much. Well now I find a time outside of class to talk to all my non connected students and always mention Chromebooks saying that it is what I bought my own children ($250 for 11" and $300 for 14"). Kids today do not need Microsoft Windows and for that matter Microsoft now has OneDrive which allows you to do most of what you do in Word, but online. So as it has been in the past three years, three kids have come to me so far to tell me that they now have laptops and two more are getting theirs soon. Not only that but parents have even thanked me for suggesting it.
For me it boils down to this. I know that students will need online capabilities when they enter the workplace and by not asking, I am helping to foster a situation where my students are far behind most of their peers. I also stay after school 90 minutes each day and help kids learn how to be connected - as well as how to do their work. To get to the point, not asking a student is worse than asking so see if you can't get more of your students connected.