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