Welcoming laptops into the classroom
-Some tips and strategies
-Director of e-learning
-Epsom Girls Grammar School
The initial thing to consider is your own
feelings towards ICT.
Are you comfortable with laptops coming into the
What are the perceived issues and how might we
Successful introduction of laptops into the
classroom hinges on our attitude.
How can we make laptops welcome?
Talking to our students about laptops being
Discussing with students potential ways they
might use them
Encouraging students to get them out of their bags
Having some ideas and strategies for making the
most of laptop use
Not being afraid to trial laptop use in different
Using the laptop for class notes (where
Students can save notes to ‘My Documents’ or
even better write notes on ‘Google Docs’ (they can
share these with you, which would allow you to
check them remotely).
They can always back up ‘Google Docs’ to ‘My
Documents’ or vice versa.
Set up a class protocol e.g. Each student sets up a
single Document for your subject using the
‘Year 9 Science XX(your code) xxxxx (their last
name) xxxxx (first name)’.
This would allow you to file all class notes in
alphabetical order on Google Docs.
You could create a separate folder for each class.
Even with just 2-3 laptops in class you could start
using them for online collaboration.
Have students taking turns as “e-scribes”
recording each part of a jigsaw activity on a single
class Google Document.
Use laptops instead of paper at each “station” of a
“bus stop” activity
Start the move towards being paperless by putting
all handouts on Moodle and getting laptop
students to access their handouts electronically.
Check out Teach Paperless for ideas
Even better – look at using eager laptop users as
your “tech angel” – they could upload documents
and links on to the Moodle page for you, or
Create a Google site which is completely run by
students for students.
You are still the teacher
You can determine when laptops are and are not
to be used.
Establish clear codes of behaviour such as closing
laptops when you are speaking (or turning them
Similarly, you hold the power to make laptop use a
success in your class
Look at ways it can enrich the great learning that
is already happening!
“[It] destroys memory [and] weakens the mind,
relieving it of…work that makes it strong. [It] is an
The sentiment above is from Phaedrus - Plato quoting
Socrates in 500 B.C. Greece. The “it” in the quote is
Socrates was nervous since his information technology
of the day, memorization, was about to be aced out by
a new information technology, the stylus.
Use Term 4 as a period of trial (and error – always
a learning opportunity to be had!)
Consider having some strategies ready for making
use of laptops in the new year
Establish some classroom, subject and/or learning
area protocols for making the most of the laptops!
Come along to some “Learning over Lunch