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I am lucky enough to work in a 1-1 laptop school. Bishop McLaughlin is a young (13 yrs) school that was designed to be tech based and has a small population as well (260 students). Our students are required to complete a user agreement form each year and, for the most part, do well in following the basic protocol for computer usage. that being said, I do find that unrestricted usage of the computers can become a large problem for many students. The temptation to be watching or using social media is great, even with filters and firewalls in place to limit access!
Our faculty has learned that classroom management of the computers is an ongoing thing. many of us have policies that restrict the use of their computers to specific events or assignments - it can't be a free for all "whenever you want" atmosphere.
the use of technology for immediate access to notes and research materials does allow for more discussion forcused time as a class, but for students that are not 'visual' learners it can still be a struggle to succeed.
Using tech based assessment programs does allow for a quicker turn around in grading and feedback - I think this is one major plus as a teacher. combined with discussion boards and one to one email communication it helps me deliver tailored responses for each student.
A major hurdle is that the students are generally ore tech savy than the faculty (especially those of us who are in our 40's & 50's). this means that they often spend more time trying to get around the restricitions than they do on the work itself! I also find that the students are more comfortable with 'texting' thought patterns - responses are generally short and superficial rather than thought out and in depth.
This thread was posted on May 15, 2016 at 9:38 AM ET by jane schuster.
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Do students at your school get assigned a laptop that they bring to class and work on or do thye have a classroom set. Our music tech instructor has a class set and he is able to view what each computer is working on from his computer. In addition in the computer lab the desk is set up in the back so even when one is not walking around the screens are in view.
Robin - our students are issued a laptop at the start of the school year and are expected to have it with them. they are responsible or the cost of any major repairs needed as well.
One other factor that we could cite regarding the use of digital resource is the capability of the students to still keep in pace with their classmates although they are not physically in class. This is especially true of our students who are out sick or participating in off campus activities. By logging to the teacher website, they stay current of the lessons in class.
absolutely! it has halso helped when a teacher is out sick - we can track their progress on the assigned work.
My school is about to go 1 to 1 with chromebooks. We have been having lenghy discussions about classroom management around technology. Is there any type of app where you can access the student screens at one time to see if they are on task? It is very difficult because the students today are the technology age. They are engulfed into social media and that is what grabs their attention. Maybe finding a way to incorporate social media into your lessons could be an idea. Like using twitter as a discussion board? Or creating a class facebook site? Or having students create a virtual field trip with snapchat? The possibilities are endless, but would definitely require a lot of preparation work.
We have used LanSchool in the past, but I don't think it works with the chromebooks. we do have to be diligent in monitoring them, and IT sets blocks for many of the extra sites when they can
I think after the crisis of 2020, the question of the development of distance and Internet learning will be resolved faster. Schools now need to start to consider a new budget item. They have to know the costs for developers and IT specialists. Here is some good information in this article - https://mobilunity.com/blog/cto-as-a-service/ - I advise you to read. And the matter is not only in the supply of equipment, laptops, but also in the revision of the school curriculum and teaching methods.
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