Implementing 1:1 “101“ with Classroom Management & Web 2.0 Tools! Andrew Kramer Perfect Solutions & Aspen Learning 800-726-7086 email@example.com
“Nothing could be more absurd than an experiment in which computers are placed in a classroom where nothing else is changed.” Seymour Papert “It’s the applications, stupid!” Words that Bill Clinton might have spoken…
You’re thinking about implementing a 1:1 solution….. Are you focused on the hardware purchase? If so, you’ve put “The cart before the horse!” Let’s begin by examining the foundation of a 1:1 - the software package that will manage the content of your entire K-12 curriculum, and use Web 2.0 collaboration tools to create exciting interaction amongst students and teachers, safely and securely!
You will learn about a program that… 1.is easier to install and use than moodle. 2.is much less expensive than Blackboard. 3. will not effect your band width. 3.is Safe and Secure because it resides on a Server in your school
The story begins with our children… AKA – A lesson from raising 2 teenage daughters! “Removing her cell at bedtime was like ripping her heart out!” They are actually “hard-wired” to collaborate! Texting, “OMG!” Texting??? Texting, “LOL” Texting, “CU” Texting, “BRB”
But when they get to school? No more “meaningful texting!” “LOL!”
Communication and Collaboration Articulating effectively through speaking and writing Working effectively with diverse teams Assuming shared responsibility for collaborative work If they are “hard-wired” to collaborate, they should be learning this….. But how will they learn these skills???
First, What are the New Communication Styles? Blogs Wikis Forums
Blogs A Blog is a place where you post anything – news, ideas, links… Readers read the blog & comment on it, without changing. Examples: Teacher & student Blog about student’s journal. Students share information about a topic, others comment Student post writing for peer review
Wikis A collaborative website that can be edited by anyone. A database for creating, browsing and searching info. Works well for shared projects. Users add, edit or remove info. Examples: Students are assigned a vocabulary word to create a Wiki. Other students must edit the wiki 3 times. Students work together to solve a problem. They collaborate on strategies and eventual solutions. Teacher begin a topic discussion with students and students contribute during the week.
Discussion Forums Allows for threaded discussions on varying topics. Can have a common theme to the entire forum, but multiple discussions can be started by anyone. Examples: Students are assigned 1 state to research from the 13 Colonies. They post their work to a forum to complete the project. Students discuss steps for solving a math problem. Students discuss the variables from a science experiment and reach a consensus.
What are the rewards? 21st Century Skills Collaboration & Communication Student interest & Home/School connection Students create, contribute, comment Students analyze info from a variety of sources Students understand appropriate, useful info Reluctant students participate
What are the risks? Legal and ethical rules Viruses, scams, Cyber bullying Misleading or bad information Unfamiliar/unsafe environment Exposure to inappropriate material Student understanding educational value of new tools Lack of teacher training
ESchool News Oct 8, 2009By Jon Bower Low cost or learning tool? Netbooks are all the rage, but they don't really meet the needs of today's students. The "next big thing" has arrived in education, and it's a little computer - the netbook. School districts from ME to CA are considering acquiring netbooks for student use, figuring they are a low-cost route toward 1:1 computing. Are netbooks a good education platform for our children? The advocates for netbooks make three basic arguments: 1. The price is right: We can afford machines for every student. 2. The size is right: Students will do best with a small machine. 3. Students don't need any more power: With cloud computing, everything they need is available on the web.
Let's take a look at the arguments. First, cost - Acer laptop with 14” LCD, 2 GHz Dual Core cpu, 3gb RAM, WiFi, 160gb hard drive, & Windows Vista costs $399. Asus netbook with 10” LCD, 1.6 GHz Atom cpu, 1 gb RAM, WiFi, 160gb hard drive, and Win XP costs $349. You get a lot less with the netbook for only $50 less cost. Next, size – Quick - What is the most important skill after reading and numeracy that children learn in elementary school? Basic typing! Once they can read, do math, and use a keyboard, students can access the entire world of content and can communicate with their teachers and peers online. Yet, what is the fundamental limitation of netbooks? It is hard to type on them! Why would we ever want to train our children to type on an inadequate keyboard?
Finally, power – What medium is most important to the next generation of learners? It's video, the most power-hungry medium of all. Does it make sense to give our children a hardware platform that doesn't create or play video well? Of course not, yet that is what we do with netbooks. Let's get this right. We need to evaluate our children's educational needs, not jump on the latest bandwagon. If they need to learn to type on a full-size keyboard, let’s supply one. If they need a decent screen to see their work, they deserve to have one. If they need graphics power to create video, we should supply that to encourage learning in the new medium. Most of all, we need to stop listening to the hardware marketing barrage and focus on the real crux of educational technology-- the applications our children use to learn. As President Clinton might have said, “It's the applications, stupid!”
So let’s not be “Netbook Zombies!” Now we’ll examine the fundamental issues of creating a 1:1 implementation.
Defining Your Educational Goals Intended Grade Levels for Your 1:1? Defining the Educational Outcome? Curriculum to Meet the Outcome? Classroom Management tools? Two Most Important Hardware Features? Funding Sources?
Grade Levels K-5 – “Pre-laptops” plus Mobile Netbook Labs 6-8 – Mobile Netbook Labs 9-12 – Mobile Netbook / Laptop Labs Why use a “good piece of real estate,” your classrooms, for computer labs? Classrooms are for students! Use Mobile Computer Labs and recover your real estate!!!
Educational Outcome – K-5 Examples K-2 students learn letter formation Students lose track of content using Word Students need concrete examples of abstract concepts Students cannot type! Students need web research skills Use Tablet PC to learn letter formation. Use “2-step” method of word processing, content then appearance. Use simple spread sheet examples of “surveys” to chart & graph. Teach Keyboarding in grade 4, every day,15-20 min, for 3-4 weeks. Done! Learn search criteria techniques and “reading for meaning” using google.
Curriculum Keyboarding Word Processing Spread Sheets Server based curriculum Web based curriculum Web 2.0 Activities Science & Math with STEM probeware Assistive Technology applications
Computer Management Tools OpenClassroom - Content Management & Web 2.0 Tools S.A.M. – Student Admin Module: FREE with StudentMate EduPlatform - Total Computer Control + Digital Lesson Builder Real time monitoring Remotely launching and closing applications Enabling/disabling access to the OS Blocking and sharing screens Polling/testing with immediate graphed results, more. Digital Lesson Builder
Two Most Important H/W Features? Portability? Ruggedness? CPU speed? Hard drive or Flash? Operating System? RAM? Screen Size? Clamshell or Tablet? Keyboard Size?
Decisions, decisions….do you need… An advanced writing tool with internet research capabilities, plus keyboarding and more? and/or A computer for web curriculum and state testing? Why buy a device to be placed in the hands of students that cannot be dropped???
StudentMate $ 299, a Complete K-6 Learning Solution! 7” Color Touch LCD Word and Excel compatible applications Keyboarding, Paint, PDF, MP3, Tutorials… Web browser, WiFi SD + 2 USB ports Ethernet All day battery Drop proof, 5-yr warranty!!! Optional Student Response System, TTS S.A.M. – Student Admin Module Network Shares Lowest Cost of Ownership < $ 70/yr for 5 yrs
Intel Classmate for K-12 Clamshell or Tablet w/9-10” Color LCD Intel Atom 1.6 cpu OS: Windows XP or Linux Battery Life 5 hrs Hard Drives, not Flash! Ports: SD, USB, WiFi, Ethernet, video Drop Proof! 10” Clamshell $ 449 (CoO > $ 200/yr, 3 yrs) 9” Tablet $ 489 (CoO > $ 200/yr, 3 yrs) 12” Tablet $ 850 (CoO > $ 300/yr, 3 yrs)
Bundled Solution Fits Educational Solution! StudentMate Mobile Lab – Advanced Writing, Keyboarding, Spread sheet, PDF, Internet Research, Tutorials for K-6 - $ 9,999 for 30 OpenClassroom Mobile Lab – Intel ClassMates w/ Web 2.0 + Classroom Management on a Server EduPlatform Mobile Lab – Intel Classmates w/Full Control + Digital Lesson Builder STEM Mobile Lab – Intel ClassMates w/Probeware
Funding Sources State 1:1 Initiative Funding Grants – Local, State, Federal, Private District Capital Expenditure – 5 yr cycle replacement Title 1 & 2 Federal IDEA for Assistive Technology Most funding requires documentation of an expected educational outcome to a known problem, with full reporting, hence just buying a bunch of computers does not qualify for funding!
Thank You! I look forward to working with you! Andrew Kramer www.perfectsolutions.com 800-726-7086 firstname.lastname@example.org All rights reserved. This presentation may be retransmitted but not edited or altered in any way.