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1:1 Netbooks in the Classroom

  1. 1. 1:1 Netbooks in the Classroom<br />Tami Brass, St. Paul Academy and Summit School<br />tbrass@spa.edu<br />@brasst on Twitter <br />
  2. 2. Road to Netbooks…<br />
  3. 3. Road to Netbooks…<br />
  4. 4. Road to Netbooks…<br />
  5. 5. Road to Netbooks…<br />
  6. 6. Road to Netbooks…<br />
  7. 7. Road to Netbooks<br />Smaller, lighter machine<br />Fewer bells & whistles<br />Lower cost hardware<br />No-fault, fully supported warranty<br />$<br />
  8. 8. Hardware considerations<br />
  9. 9. Netbook shopping list<br />Capability – Will it run your essential tools effectively?<br />Processor RAM Hard Drive OS Wireless<br />Possibility – Will it meet your needs the next 3 years?<br />Size– Screen, keyboard, weight<br />Durability – Will it withstand regular student use?<br />Expandability – Necessary ports<br />Battery – 6 cells = approx 5 hours<br />Warranty/Support<br />
  10. 10. ClassmatePC Convertible<br />Criteria to meet:<br /><ul><li>Small, light
  11. 11. Affordable
  12. 12. Fewer bells & whistles
  13. 13. No-fault warranty
  14. 14. Classroom applications
  15. 15. OneNote
  16. 16. Tablet Apps/inking
  17. 17. Classroom software
  18. 18. Durable
  19. 19. Water-resistant keyboard
  20. 20. Drop-tested 2x traditional tablet
  21. 21. Battery Life</li></ul>Concerns:<br />First generation of hardware<br /><ul><li>Screen size
  22. 22. Keyboard size
  23. 23. Touch-screen w/stylus
  24. 24. Not mass-market vendor
  25. 25. Support model</li></li></ul><li>Netbook FAQ<br />Is it big enough?<br />Can it do what I want it to?<br />How durable is it?<br />Where did you buy them?<br />Is the warranty worth it?<br />Do you bother to fix them?<br />
  26. 26. Timeline<br />Fall 2008 – Worked with 2 different prototypes<br />Winter 2008-09 – Worked with 2 sample machines<br />Windows XP – standard for many netbooks<br />XP Tablet – for built-in support of tablet tools<br />Spring 2009 – Tested classroom set on cart w/XP Tablet<br />Tested in multiple contents<br />Tested in all 3 grades of middle school<br />Tested most demanding apps w/kids<br />Summer 2009 – Prep for 1:1 in grades 6-7<br />
  27. 27. Timeline<br />Sept. 2009 – Rollout in grades 6-7-8<br />8th grade – M700 tablets (year 2 of pilot)<br />Brief training refresher w/rollout<br />Small group training with new students<br />7th grade – Classmate Convertibles <br />1:1 after initial training<br />1x per cycle Wellnology class<br />6th grade – Classmate Convertibles <br />1:1 during school day for first trimester<br />Wellnology integrated into advisory & classes<br />1:1 2nd trimester<br />
  28. 28. Teacher needs<br />Administrative support (and expectations)<br />Teacher input in process/readiness/timeline<br />Ongoing PD, as needed (just in time, planning, etc.)<br />Classroom management suggestions<br />Modeling of tools/techniques (OneNote, tablets) in and out of classroom<br />Frequent reminders<br />Details & organization<br />Chocolate! (AKA freedom to vent)<br />
  29. 29. Supporting Curriculum<br />Traditional tools for basic classroom computing (Security blanket – familiar)<br />Creative suite – audio, video, drawing/painting, webcam<br />Productivity tools – classroom efficiency<br />Constructive tools – independent learning and options for demonstrating learning<br />Access, access, access<br />
  30. 30. Traditional Tools<br />Office 2007<br />Word<br />PowerPoint<br />Excel<br />Browsers<br />IE<br />Firefox<br />Antivirus<br />
  31. 31. Creativity Suite<br />Audacity<br />Webcam<br />MovieMaker<br />Photostory<br />Paint.net<br />Artrage<br />Picasa<br />Comic Life<br />
  32. 32. Productivity & Constructive Learning<br />OneNote<br />Flashcard applications<br />Inspiration<br />Scratch<br />Google Earth<br />Sketchup<br />Stykz<br />Vernier<br />Online tools <br />School Website<br />Curriculum-specific websites & interactives<br />Quia, United Streaming, Nettrekker, Gaggle, Typing Pal, online databases<br />
  33. 33. Additional Hardware<br />Still Cameras<br />Video Cameras<br />Document Cameras<br />MFPs<br />Projectors<br />Headsets w/microphones<br />Flashdrives<br />
  34. 34. Lessons Learned<br />Administrative Leadership<br />Clear, evolving vision<br />Policy with teeth but flexibility<br />Plan for sustainability, not just to purchase hardware<br />Funding/budget decisions<br />Details, details, details…<br />Teacher buy-in<br />Supported teachers support integration<br />Listen to the naysayers & address concerns<br />Put the curriculum before the hardware<br />Feed the teachers (There’s always room for chocolate!)<br />
  35. 35. Lessons Learned<br />Homework<br />Find schools already doing it. Visit if you can. Network!<br />Ask vendor for references. Get info/ideas from others, too.<br />Test before you commit<br />Let kids play with the hardware before you commit to it.<br />Pilot in the classroom first if you can.<br />No hardware is perfect.<br />Use teachers and students to anticipate problems.<br />Budget for warranty and repair needs.<br />Replacement may be cheaper than repair.<br />Survey kids for suggestions – F11, hiding the ribbon, etc.<br />
  36. 36. On the Horizon<br />Netbooks getting bigger<br />Processors getting faster<br />Battery life will fluctuate (screen size and speed impact life)<br />Continued movement to “the cloud”<br />Hardware evolution<br />Slates<br />E-Readers<br />Blurring line between netbooks & laptops (netops)<br />Operating systems<br />Linux flavors<br />Chrome, alternate operating systems<br />Windows 7 (and 8)<br />Competition from Apple… <br />
  37. 37. When it might be better to go Mac…<br />Curriculum: If video and music editing is core to the majority of projects you’re doing or plan to do (Think iMovie & GarageBandvsMovieMaker & Audacity)<br />Support: If your support structure is already Apple-oriented (repair techs, applications, servers, etc.)<br />Critical mass: If increasing laptop numbers and decreasing student to computer ratio isn’t an issue<br />
  38. 38. Work Samples<br />
  39. 39. Resources<br />See http://www.tech4teaching.org<br />Click on 1:1 Resources Tab<br />Tami Brass<br />St. Paul Academy and Summit School<br />tbrass@spa.edu<br />@brasst On Twitter <br />
  40. 40. Questions?<br />Tami Brass, St. Paul Academy and Summit School<br />tbrass@spa.edu<br />@brasst on Twitter <br />