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January 20, 2010

Are 1:1 Laptop programs the future of education? How does that change the way students learn?

Edchat 1-19-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST

The most used words in this #edchat discussion

The picture tells the thousands of words shared!!


Last evening’s edchat really hit the ground running! It was as if we were all on the starting blocks before the pistol went. It was hard to keep up. This topic is certainly dear to many people’s hearts!

There was consensus on the need for laptop programmes and wider use of technology in education but great debate and the hows and whys of its use in and beyond the classroom. A strong element of the discussion was the need for good planning and training.

Here is a summary of some of the main points which emerged.

  • Why limit 1:1 to laptops only – need a wider range of tech
  • There are dangers of students not learning; gaming, surfing etc.. how best to monitor this
  • All stakeholders must have adequate training before launching a programme
  • What are the cost implications?
  • Can we really make it universal, will some students be disadvantaged by not having access to such programmes?
  •  The teacher role will shift this will be exciting to some teachers but terrifying to others – this needs management.
  • Students will take hold of their learning.
  • Learning can also be personalised.
  • We need to decide on why we implement these programmes, have a vision for how they will enhance learning.
  • Make sure teachers are fully on board and part of the programme – not hands off and letting the students ‘get on with it’.

Here’s a flavour of the discussion:

Lhiltbr #edchat Musts: Teacher prof. development and PARENT preparation for that program to be successful

Seanbanville   Big danger is students chatting, surfing, gaming, etc instead of studying

Dughall           Adults in the world of work have 1:1 access to PCs Kids see this. We must prepare kids for the world. They DESERVE 1:1 #edchat

Jasontbedell   I think tablets offer more applications than laptops. Students can be kinesthetically engaged and take physical notes. Win7 helps.

cybraryman1  Laptops are wonderful but teacher needs to know how to incorporate the tech & when and how to use it first.

hoprea:           If there’s no planning and teacher training, 1:1 is just as effective as 50:1.

olafelch           There are many tools that are available off-line.We are challenged by this at times. Benefits still outweigh the setbacks.

MissCheska   Good point on faculty learning ETS/IT; what programs r in place to motivate if they’re resistant to ed tech as is?

Akamrt           Only if the design of the learning is first stu centered. Have observed 1:1 situ where they are still teacher directed.

ShellTerrell    software filtering can be used to restrict access to ‘whitelisted’ sites only, during certain times

Techmunoz     I am starting to see more self-directed learning in my 1:1 computer lab. They would much rather listen to me on Jing tutorials.

GiseldaSantos            As we’r in some aspects learning how to use all this web 2.0 tools,the stds also need this time and this practical experience

Acmcdonaldgp            Thanks hadleyjf The laptop is the tool. The teacher matters matters most. It is the instructional style that matters most!

Shapah                        i’m with you! @ShellTerrell: I think I’m in the boat with those who prefer smartphones in stdts hands vs laptops

Bhsprincipal   Is it a problem to allow the classroom teachers the choice? Does it have to be a school-wide choice? #edchat

Mattguthrie    If worried about money for implementing 1:1… Take a look at cutting textbooks and testing. Prob solved! 🙂

SErwin            I have noticed an increase in learning outside of classroom in my 1 to 1. More interest, engagement, better content delivery.

Edyoucation    As a parent, I cannot afford a laptop and smartphone-service for myself, let alone my 2 children – we share the laptop

brianDowd      1: 1 laptop programs r only as good as the implementation strategies

Marisa_C       Without trainingnothing ever works; but most educational change happens w/o consulting or educating the one who implements

Tkraz  I plan to ask all my students to convince me with reasons (apps, etc) to go 1:1 (any type) for next school year. Let them explore.

MrR0g3rs      @akamrt a 1:1 program in the hands of teachers like us might start the revolution we all dream about #edchat

To follow the complete discussion see here

For the stats on #edchat participation see here

 Some great links were shared!

 Good article on netbooks versus laptops http://bit.ly/65LGTO

Good article in THE Journal on students bringing their own devices to school. http://bit.ly/7jGn6J

Apple remote desktop is very effective and user friendly.: @BillCamp #edchat… http://bit.ly/86iFuM

I still believe the fundamental equation is “good learning design” = stu centered… http://bit.ly/4GR2mN

Check out Alberta’s 1:1 laptop initiative and resources http://www.1to1alberta.ca/resources.html

Some info on 1:1 schools and the Apple 1:1 conference http://bit.ly/2JLinU

this video is a good example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEls3tq5wIY&feature=player_embedded how it can work

Digital Citizenship: http://tinyurl.com/yd68tt8

@jpsteltz We mustn’t forget technology is the way, not the goal. I blogged about this. http://bit.ly/6hUYDT

Check out this entire journal edition about 1:1 http://escholarship.bc.edu/jtla/

ISTE standards for tech integration RT @passandr: Here’s a good link: http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=NETS

wish i suffered from multiplicity so that i could attend more of the EduCon sessions coming up! http://educon22.org/conversations

Language 2.0 http://ow.ly/Xx98

RT @amandacdykes: kids reminded me this week that shouldnt just use tech to tch w/but for them to learn from http://bit.ly/5VQbqn

@jgmac1106 You can read all about the #PSU 1:1 conference here – http://bit.ly/52xFiq

curriculum-based learning activity #edchat http://tinyurl.com/yczdwsm  via www.diigo.com/~zmanrdz

RT @web20classroom: The Encyclopedia of Educational Technology….http://edweb.sdsu.edu/eet/

Began”1:1 Laptop Action Steps” discussion group on The Educator’sPLN: http://bit.ly/8b6KZd

Despite problems, laptops boost student test scores http://bit.ly/4BfdyW

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  3. Rliberni,

    I had my first #EdChat yesterday and loved every second of the hour. It gives me inspiration to see so many tech savvy educators and instructors. I await next weeks already! Thanks for compiling this list of resources.


    Comment by Jon Birdsong — January 20, 2010 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Jon for your comments. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed it – it is an amazing event and as it all goes so fast it’s difficult to catch everything hence the summary. People share such good resources. I look forward to sharing with you at #edchat next Tuesday!!

      Comment by rliberni — January 20, 2010 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

  4. Thank you for this great summary and collection of resources. Realy helps those of us that are teaching during this hour. Thanks again!


    Comment by Dave Sapp — January 21, 2010 @ 2:39 am | Reply

    • Hi Dave a pity you missed the ‘live performance’. It’s good to reflect on what was said and the comments here only give a flavour it’s hard to choose! Everyone is so generous with their resource sharing. Feel free to add any more in the comments and I’ll pop them on the post. Hope you can join in sometime soon!

      Comment by rliberni — January 21, 2010 @ 9:49 am | Reply

  5. great!!!!!!

    Comment by Habibullah Afridi — January 24, 2010 @ 5:01 am | Reply

    • Glad you liked it!

      Comment by rliberni — January 24, 2010 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  6. Software (and PC’s) is a great tool for learning – in fact it is so cool that the classroom concept should cease and we should shift to distributed computerized learning – me think good idea !

    Comment by PC Peter — May 20, 2011 @ 10:31 am | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment Peter. I’m not really sure that completely autonomous learning at a computer terminal is the most effective way to learn. I think teachers are essential to the process of learning as are other learners. Of course you are right that learning doesn’t have to take place in a physical classroom and both teacher and peer group could be online. For some cohorts of students this may be the best and possibly the only option.

      Comment by rliberni — May 20, 2011 @ 10:55 am | Reply

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