This presentation will briefly address a definition of 1 to 1, explore some ideas related to how a 1 to 1 environment can impact upon teaching and learning and provide you with some information about what support is available to you as educators.
I’d like to show you a brief video that raises some interesting facts. However, this was uploaded to Youtube in 2008 so the statistics are a little out of date now, but I think they are interesting nonetheless.
So what is 1 to 1 and how did it come about?The Rudd government introduced the scheme which basically was to provide funding to all schools across Australia so that every student in Years 9 – 12 would have one to one access to a technology device by the end of this year. Some schools have, like you have here, opted for a laptop program where students take ownership of the laptop and have it with them 24/7. This is considered the ideal one to one environment.Other schools have chosen to provide laptops on trolleys or in classrooms for students to use whilst at school, some with the capacity to borrow the laptop overnight. One senior secondary school has tied 24/7 access to a laptop to attendance and this seems to be working for them. Others have used the funding to outfit computer labs, whilst some schools have chosen iPads as their device.The greatest amount of success appears to be from schools who have handed ownership of the device over to students. And by success, I mean engagement with the device and integration of the device into classroom teaching and learning practices.The big question is, what happens next? And the answer is that no-one knows. Funding is always going to be an issue for sustaining technology in schools. Most devices have a lifespan of about 3 years and infrastructure in schools will need to be continually updated to cope with increased usage.
As educators, we do need to give consideration as to how all of this technology can and will impact upon teaching and learning. The workshops you’ve attended today have hopefully allowed you to explore some of the possibilities for integrating technology. Let’s have a look at some broader ideas.
A 1 to 1 environment is quite unique – it’s not the same as taking students to a computer lab once a week for a computer session. What makes it unique here in your school is that students have 24/7 access to the device. What this means then is that they have 24/7 access to:Course and instructional contentForums and discussions involving their peers and their teachersA vast array of presentation tools – for instance, Web 2.0 tools (many of which are free and do not have download requirements) have much to offer in addition to tools like PowerPoint and WordPublishing tools allow students to publish to a real world audience with purposeAdvanced communication tools allow students to engage in virtual conversations with people from around the world, breaking down barriers of physical space, time differences and even language barriers.In doing so, they can operate in global communities.They have instant access to the most current research and information available and on-demand support from specialists around the world.
One of the changes you might like to consider is to your physical teaching and learning space.No longer do we require students to sit in rows facing the front as we did in the 1960s.Today, learning spaces can be flexible and can exist beyond the physical space of the classroom.
As previously mentioned, students and teachers now have access to a world of education.Why not engage in a collaborative project with students in another country? The ability to access such a wide audience is truly impressive.
How about turning your classroom into a paper-free environment?Content management systems such as your SharePoint portal allows you to share resources with students easily. Your school is moving into SharePoint 2010 and this will eventually enable you to create class sites or virtual classrooms where you can house all of your subject content material including documents, images, videos, and podcasts. It will allow you to communicate with students via the calendar and announcements facilities. You will have the ability to set up wikis, blogs and discussions as well as deliver quizzes or surveys and for students to submit work for feedback or assessment.A learning management system such as Moodle allows you to develop your entire course online. It has many of the features of SharePoint and more.And of course, we now have access to electronic textbooks.
For both teachers and students, multimedia can now be seamlessly integrated into learning experiences or activities, presentations or assessments.Again, there are a wealth of tools available that are simple and easy to use yet dynamic and engaging.
21st Century learning is characterised by a student-centered classroom in which students are given opportunities to:Engage in authentic problem solvingCollaborate in local and global communitiesNegotiate their choice and use of technologyDirect their own learning in terms of pace and sequenceLearn through enquiryAs such, the role of the teacher changes and 24/7 technology access allows this to happen. The teacher facilitates the learning of individual students and acts as a guide rather than an instructor.Some you may have heard of the idea of flipping the classroom where students access instructional material online as homework and class time is spent on problem solving, hands-on activities, collaborative learning activities or receiving individual support and feedback. The Khan Academy is one resource that is being used in this way.
So why should we consider these possibilities?Research shows that these are the benefits of student-centered learning enabled by technology.Ultimately, it shows that students are more engaged in their learning. There is still some speculation as to whether or not the integration of technology increases students’ performance and outcomes – the results are varied. However, the argument ‘out there’ is that we, as educators, do need to prepare our students for the world into which they are about to enter – and that is a world saturated with technology with only more advancements to come.
A site that may be of use to you is the 1 to 1 NT site for teachers. This site has been developed to provide you with support in integrating technology into your teaching and learning practices.There is a featured resources and events section.
Classroom case studies from around the NT that showcases how teachers are using technology in their classrooms.
There are links to Microsoft handbooks with further ideas for using technology in the classroom.*copies of these books????
The links connect you to various other resources and programs, such as AMPeL, that may be of interest.
In addition, there are these other pages, including videos of interviews and footage of case studies from here and Taminmin. In 2012 we hope that educators will engage in an online discussion forum about ideas, issues, questions related to 1 to 1 educational environments.
And here’s where you go to get it all.Questions, comments?
1 to 1 NT - My students have laptops, now what?
1 to 1 NT My students have laptops, now what?DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING www.det.nt.gov.au
www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.auThe National Secondary School Computer FundAim:• to achieve a computer to student ratio of 1:1 for students in Years 9 to 12 by the end of 2011.
HOW WILL THIS IMPACT UPONTEACHING AND LEARNING IN MY CLASSROOM?EXPLORE THEPOSSIBILITIES
ANYTIME, ANYWHEREStudents and educators have 24/7 access to:• Instructional content• Forums and discussions• Presentation tools• Publishing tools• Communication tools• Global communities• Current research and information• On-demand support
What are the benefits?• Personalise learning• Increase collaboration• Develop a wide range of communication skills• Improve problem solving skills through authentic contexts• Increase opportunities for creativity and self-expression Increase student engagement