Computers in the Classroom
Classroom 2.0 is a social network for those interested in using Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. The site includes great discussions, event notifications, and ways to find and connect with colleagues.
A Brief History of Technology in Education
Think of this video as an introduction to where we've been with technology in the classroom and where we're headed...
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Top ten tips for using technology in the classroom
Technology can help motivate you and your pupils and make learning more relevant to them.
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Technology and Education Reform is research project that looked at nine school sites where school staff were active participants in incorporating technology in ways that support education reform. This resource reviews the experiences of the teachers and students at these schools.
1 to 1 Portable Computer Labs for K-6 Schools
As schools look to implementing 1:1 computing for their students via shared laptop trolleys (or carts), it's good to consider what's required and how it can all be managed. This video is a good introduction.
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Once you have computers in your school, how do you track them and the students that use them? NetSupport School is an example solution that works with a mix of computer types and even student provided tablets/laptops.
NetSupport School helps teachers maintain student focus by monitoring and controlling the use of apps, web sites, printers and more. It supports student learning using unique digital journals, a unique student toolbar to highlight lesson objectives and expected outcomes, and delivers targeted student and peer assessments.
The Department of Education has a number of articles on computers in the classroom. In the Strategies for Allocating Computers article, they found is that just having one or two computers for a class of 30-35 is ineffective, and something on the order of 6-8 computers is necessary.
The Unwired Classroom talks about the advantages of using wireless laptop PC's in the classroom and includes numerous images. An idea used in many schools is to store the laptops on a cart that can be rolled from classroom to classroom, allowing 100's of students to easily share a few laptops with a minimum of disruption -- it's much easier to move a cart than a classroom of kids.
With the advent of WiFi (wireless Internet), the days of stringing cables to every classroom and every desk to allow access to the Internet or school data servers are long gone. Check out this easy-to-understand tutorial.
Computers and computer skills are now seen as a requirement, not a luxury. Getting students exposed early and providing a constructive atmosphere encouraging good computer skills will be a necessity to prepare them for 21st century job market.
While most schools in the U.S. boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, many can't get online to finish up their schoolwork. Many schools are left with two options: keep moving forward with digital learning—and risk leaving some students behind—or keep homework assignments offline, holding back the students who might otherwise benefit from software and tools available on the internet.
This article explores ideas like providing maps showing where Wi-Fi is available for free, loaning Wi-Fi hotspot devices to students, asking businesses to share their Wi-Fi connections with students, and equipping school buses with Wi-Fi. There isn't going to be a silver bullet on this issue, but a holistic approach to the problem could significantly reduce the number of students living without broadband access at home.
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