Abstract (100 words): Data gathered on courses to exploit the individual laptop environment for students in the UAE navy college showed high satisfaction with this approach. Training for teachers in the tools and rationale used was organized in a blended environment with 20 steps to be completed emulating the way classes had been conducted at the navy college. As they completed each step, trainees tracked their progress in a shared GoogleDoc while a wiki gave links to what the teachers accomplished as they tackled their 20 tasks. The presentation concludes with teacher reaction to the blended environment used for their training.
The author designed courses to exploit the individual laptop environment for students in the UAE navy college using Web 2.0 tools such as GoogleDocs, Prezi, Blogger, SurveyMonkey, and Jing. When data gathered from students found high satisfaction with this approach, the presenter was transferred to the aviation college to train teachers there in the tools and rationale used with the navy cadets.
Training was organized in a blended environment with a blog portal outlining 20 steps emulating the way classes had been conducted at the navy college, where students were set tasks in the class wiki portal, shown in class how to master the language and software needed, and then guided in completing the tasks and projects.
As they completed each step, teachers tracked their progress in an online spreadsheet, and wrote the URLs of online artifacts created in a shared GoogleDocs spreadsheet. Tabs in the blog pointed the trainees to a model wiki portal providing links to student artifacts online. Similarly in the sidebar of the training wiki there emerged links to what the teachers accomplished as they tackled their 20 tasks. This paper concludes with how the teachers responded to the blended environment used for their training.
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