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  • Would you be surprised if I told you that I wasn’t initially too excited when I was asked to try 1:1 computing in my science class? Until this year I had used 6-15 computers in class depending on the availability of our 8th grade lap top cart. The kids used the computers in groups or in pairs so there was a social or collaborative aspect to using the computers that fit with the atmosphere of our class. The prospect of 1:1 netbooks made me think of students with blank stares hidden behind the computer screens. I’ve since changed my mind. I thought about what was worrying me and made the decision that if I was to go 1:1 I would try to only use the netbooks for creative or collaborative purposes.
  • But I didn’t start from scratch like many teachers are asked to do in our district. For example, a few years ago our district rolled out 1:1 netbooks in the 9th grade and I’m sure there were many teachers who just weren’t sure what they would do with new technology. I want to start then with a little bit about how I was using technology before getting the netbooks and then how the netbooks have changed what I do in the classroom. I’ll share how focusing on two themes of connecting and creating can guide a teachers lesson plans and some things to consider when you are managing a 1:1 classroom.
  • Martha Beck described a phenomenon that I know well when she wrote this in an article for O magazine. She says that if we are willing to go out and shake the trees, then we will reap the fruit of our labors, but the fruit that falls almost never comes from the tree we are shaking! This has been my experience with implementing new technology in my classroom.
  • I may start out with a specific goal, for example using clickers in the classroom to make it easier to give formative assessments, but I end up learning that the real value of the technology is something completely different than what I expected. In this case, my aha moment was realizing how skilled my students were at hiding their misunderstanding or confusion! It all came out in the clicker assessments. The students in the room that need our help are not always the ones with confusion on their faces!
  • Here are some more examples. I started using power point to motivate my students to take notes. But power point taught me unless note taking is student driven it isn’t a very motivating activity for anyone, including me!
  • I began using Hyperstudio because a colleague told me how much fun it was for students and that it was easy to grade the projects (as opposed to posters.) Hyperstudio taught me that I had underestimated some of my low writers. They were able to express their scientific insights and understanding very well when using the tools that Hyperstudio offered, like drawing tools, action buttons and a non-linear format.
  • I began using movie maker and voice thread because they were fun for students and I wanted to hook some students who weren’t “into science”. But what kept me using this technology was the realization that my students were planning what to say, practicing saying their lines several times, and editing their work before they recorded it with the microphone. The repetition and editing was helping them learn some difficult concepts.
  • I actually found a box of Pasco sensors on my desk one day with a note from another teacher, if you can’t use these, just throw them away. He didn’t want them taking up space in the store room I guess. So, I slowly learned how to use the temperature sensor and the pressure sensor but the magic came when students were interpreting graphs. This isn’t an easy skill for middle schoolers but they had no trouble since they had watch the data being graphed as they collected it. It made such a big difference.
  • Using Wikispaces, however, completely changed the way I teach now. It was through wikispaces that I learned the importance of relinquishing control to the students whenever possible. Here’s how it happened.
  • So, I already had some ideas about using technology but I still had some hesitation about the net books. Former students had reported that when they were given netbooks in 9th grade their teachers only used them for writing papers and viewing web pages. I actually suggested that our new cart of netbooks should be shared between two or three teachers where students could work in groups using a 1:4 scenario. But my principal really wanted to see what 1:1 would look like at the middle school. Ok. I’ll try it but I probably won’t like it!I reflected on what I liked about using the old laptops and decided that the in the best lessons the students were either sharing and connecting with each other or they were creating something original. Sometimes there were doing both. The goal would be to use the new netbooks to try to accomplish these two things.
  • I am always influenced by professional development and books and so I wanted to share how Bill Strickland inspired me last year at PETE &C. After hearing him speak I bought his book and have kept some of his ideas in mind this year. He talks about how our dreams lead us to success and how the best dreams involve building, creating, and having quality experiences. In my mind I want to provide students with the opportunity to pursue dreams. Our students practice dreaming in school every time they have their own idea and are allowed to pursue it.
  • He talked about schools as nurturing environments where children are exposed to empowering creative experiences. That is what I want for my students.
  • But when I thought of netbooks I still envisioned the blank stares of students zoned out infront of the screens. Kind of like this. Here my students are reading from websites about energy. I was immediately discouraged .
  • The key, according to Dr. Willis, is to give students expectations of a pleasurable experience before a lesson, what will they be creating or what problem will they be solving after doing their research, for example.
  • Wiki can be used like a scrapbook or a portfolio or a journal – an outlet for student creativity and ideas and a way to showcase student work. I began by putting students into random groups. Students don’t automatically feel safe in social situations so I do a few ice breaker activities in the group – a common interest scavenger hunt and a team scrap book contest/activity. Usually, after our Likes/Dislikes Scavenger hunt and the scrapbook activity, the groups gel somewhat and enjoy working together.
  • Wiki can be used like a scrapbook or a portfolio or a journal – an outlet for student creativity and ideas. I began by putting students into random groups. Students don’t automatically feel safe in social situations so I do a few ice breaker activities in the group – a common interest scavenger hunt and a team scrap book contest/activity.
  • http://www.diigo.com/education
  • Using Print screen or jing.com anything on the computer screen becomes a picture you can use on a wiki or a presentation.
  • Using Print screen or jing.com anything on the computer screen becomes a picture you can use on a wiki or a presentation.
  • Connecting and Creating in a 1:1 Classroom

    1. 1. Creating and Connecting in a 1:1 Classroom Catherine Laguna Quakertown Comm. School District claguna@qcsd.org
    2. 2. How can access to net books change the dynamics of your classroom?
    3. 3. How can access to net books change the dynamics of your classroom? Technology Transformations Managing the 1:1 Classroom Connecting and Creating
    4. 4. Technology TransformationsCreativity coach Julia Cameron commentsthat her clients reap the fruit of theirlabors only if they are willing to go outand "shake the trees," but weirdly, thefruit that falls almost never comes fromthe tree the person is shaking. Martha Beck
    5. 5. Technology Transformations Technology Goal
    6. 6. Technology Transformations Even if the notes are on a Power Point, teacher centered lessons can still be boring to the students.
    7. 7. Technology Transformations Sometimes reluctant writers just need a fun palette of tools to make them greatHyper Studio communicators.
    8. 8. Technology TransformationsStudents willwrite and editcompletesentences whenthey areplanning toread them intoa microphone.
    9. 9. Technology Transformations Students can easily explain the results of their experiment after they have watched it being graphed in real time.
    10. 10. Technology TransformationsWhen I began to give students a voice, Ilearned that I was never really in controlin the first place.
    11. 11. Managing the 1:1 ClassroomClass Routine Clear Rules• Start and End of Class • Carrying Netbooks• Numbered Netbooks • Appropriate Sites• Home Site like • Consequences Edmodo 1:1 TechnologyEngaging Activities Learner Driven• Safe Environment • Freedom to Explore• Connecting with Peers • Creative License• Creative Experiences • Flexible Lessons
    12. 12. Connecting and Creating
    13. 13. Connecting and CreatingA dream is about building something– relationships, identity, quality ofexperience. Because dreams rise outof human need, they feed the spiritin a profoundly satisfying way. Bill Strickland Make the Impossible Possible
    14. 14. Connecting and Creatingevery human being … is born full ofpotential, and that the way to unlockthat potential is to place individuals in anurturing environment and expose themto the kind of stimulating andempowering creative experiences thatfeed the human spirit. Bill Strickland Make the Impossible Possible
    15. 15. Connecting and Creating
    16. 16. Connecting and CreatingIsolated skill practice is contrary to the brainsinstinct to preserve its energy, because the braindoes not tend to have the expectation ofpleasure in such learning environments. Judy Willis Writing and the Brain: Neuroscience Shows the Pathways to Learning
    17. 17. Connecting and Creating
    18. 18. Connecting and CreatingOn the other hand, when students knowinformation will be used to create solutions toproblems that interest them or to createproducts they want to create, that is when thebrain predicts pleasure and applies efforts toachieve the desirable goal. Judy Willis Writing and the Brain: Neuroscience Shows the Pathways to Learning
    19. 19. Connecting and Creating Content: Forms of Energy Delivery: Product: Research Project How can netbooks be used to engage students in a creative andLive Binders collaborative experience? Choice of Connect Docs Google Text Book: Online Lesson Create Creative and Workbook Projects
    20. 20. Connecting and Creating Content: Forms of Energy Delivery: Product: Research Project Text Book: Choice ofLive Binders Google Docs Online Lesson Creative and Workbook Projects
    21. 21. Connecting and Creating A Wiki can become an outlet for student creativity and ideas.Mrs. Laguna’s Class Wiki on Wikispaces.com
    22. 22. Connecting and Creating
    23. 23. Connecting and Creating Mixbook
    24. 24. Connecting and Creating
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    28. 28. Using Netbooks to ConnectGoogle Docs example •Collaborative Research •Plan a Project •Share a Presentation •Use a Form to Collect Data http://www.google.com/docs
    29. 29. Using Netbooks to Connect Wikispaces example •Discussion Tab – students give feedback to their classmates •Keep a wiki journal of individual or group’s work •Post resources to be shared by everyonehttp://www.wikispaces.com/content/for/teachers
    30. 30. Using Netbooks to ConnectSocial Bookmarking – Diigo example •Students find online resources or upload pictures or notes •Uploaded bookmarks or notes are shared with a class “Group” •Tags are used to find resources easily http://www.diigo.com/education
    31. 31. Using Netbooks to ConnectEdmodo example •Class discussion – students pose or respond to a question •Upload work or project to share with the class •Survey – share and tally responses http://www.edmodo.com
    32. 32. Using Netbooks to ConnectWall Wisher example •Students pose or respond to a question. •Students brainstorm ideas on a topic •Different classes share ideas together http://www.wallwisher.com
    33. 33. Using Netbooks to CreateSimple Digital Camera for Still Photos and Video, Table Top Tripod Stand
    34. 34. Using Netbooks to Createhttp://www.picnik.com http://pixlr.com/express
    35. 35. Using Netbooks to CreateWindows Live Movie Maker
    36. 36. Using Netbooks to CreateShare Poster Projects with Mixbook
    37. 37. Using Netbooks to Create Photo Contest on Flickr
    38. 38. Using Netbooks to CreateSimple Video Made with White Boards
    39. 39. Using Netbooks to Create
    40. 40. Using Netbooks to Create https://bubbl.us
    41. 41. Using Netbooks to Create http://diagram.ly

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