Implementing 1:1 Laptops


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St Mary Star of the Sea College Wollongong is a 1:1 laptop high school for girls. How did we move from a traditional pedagogy to ICT rich, laptop mediated learning? Carefully.

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Implementing 1:1 Laptops

  1. 1. If laptops are the answer…. What is the question?
  2. 2. Implementing 1:1 The reality and the challenges
  3. 3. Where is the digital revolution? <ul><li>The promise: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>high engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>deep learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>real world connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>critical thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>powerful networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The reality: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>slow uptake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hardware hassles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>safety concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>diluted learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>significant expense </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Baby-boomers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technology as a necessary evil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learn via instruction and following patterns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grew up in an era when people asked “do you have the phone on at home?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rule followers, not rule breakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>they ask “what was wrong with the way we were doing things?” </li></ul></ul>Who is delivering tech-mediated learning?
  5. 5. <ul><li>Generation Y </li></ul><ul><ul><li>no such thing as technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learn via goal-directed play and via relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>grew up in an era when people asked “why do you have the phone on at home?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only follow the rules they can rationalise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>they ask “why should I do it your way?” </li></ul></ul>Who is receiving tech-mediated learning?
  6. 6. How can we be ready for Gen Z?
  7. 7. Class was dismissed, but Amy wasn’t finished. I found her in a stairwell, sending her work to her teacher.
  8. 8. Quiet ≠ Learning
  9. 10. relationships or nothing
  11. 14. <ul><li>Teacher self-concept </li></ul><ul><li>Real student engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Managing the reality of hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Managing the risks </li></ul><ul><li>Training time, training budget </li></ul><ul><li>A good reason for using ICT </li></ul>The issues
  12. 15. <ul><li>Build clever teams: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project focused, mixed ability, well resourced, clear parameters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Celebrate small successes </li></ul><ul><li>Show and tell </li></ul><ul><li>Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul>1. Teacher self-concept
  13. 16. 2. Real student engagement
  14. 17. <ul><li>Gen Y approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real world problem with a clear rationale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Range of tools available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality, ethical instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goal-oriented play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast, colourful with built-in rewards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- let them create the media </li></ul></ul>2. Real Student Engagement
  15. 20. <ul><li>Nothing is simple </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing is cheap </li></ul><ul><li>Every decision must move the school towards its strategic goal </li></ul><ul><li>Use the support available </li></ul><ul><li>Under promise and over deliver </li></ul>3. Managing the reality of Hardware
  16. 22. <ul><li>Acceptable Use Procedures!! Test and review </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with parents regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Educate parents and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Change classroom teacher behaviour </li></ul>4. Managing the risks
  17. 24. What must teachers change? <ul><li>Classroom management </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Resource development </li></ul>
  18. 25. Most teachers love change
  19. 26. What we need to unlearn <ul><li>We need to unlearn the premise that we know more than our kids, because in many cases, they can now be our teachers as well. </li></ul>
  20. 27. What we need to unlearn <ul><li>We need to unlearn our fear of putting ourselves and our students &quot;out there&quot; for we've proven we can do it in safe, relevant and effective ways. </li></ul>
  21. 28. What we need to unlearn <ul><li>We need to unlearn the idea that students needs and world-views are the same now as when we trained to be teacher s. </li></ul>
  22. 29. <ul><li>Never enough time! </li></ul><ul><li>Project based or not at all </li></ul><ul><li>In house experts </li></ul><ul><li>Give and take </li></ul><ul><li>iPods – anywhere – anytime </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious (smc_professional) </li></ul>5. Training Time – Training Budget
  23. 31. <ul><li>Match strategies to outcomes and to kids </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t shift delivery methods – shift thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Broader audience for review and affirmation </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with experts (skype, blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Critical writing and response (interschool blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Quality research (not google search) </li></ul><ul><li>Manage learning over time (google docs,, wiki, e-portfolio) </li></ul>6. A good reason
  24. 33. <ul><li>There is a gulf which is widening between teachers and their students as their worlds drift apart. Situating learning and assessment within a student’s world is a first step to bridging that gulf. Presenting a research task as a PowerPoint show is not part of the answer. </li></ul>6. A good reason
  25. 34. <ul><li>DO NOT treat laptops as if they were weapons-grade plutonium </li></ul>
  26. 35. <ul><li>DO NOT spend hours designing something your students could create in minutes </li></ul>
  27. 36. <ul><li>DO NOT attempt to perfect or master anything but learning and teaching </li></ul>
  28. 37. <ul><li>DO NOT forget the teacher next door </li></ul>
  29. 38. GREG ELLIOTT <ul><li>St Mary Star of the Sea College Wollongong </li></ul>