Web 2.0 and Mini-Laptops: A Winning Combination

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Web 2.0 and Mini-Laptops: A Winning Combination

  1. 1. Web 2.0 and Mini-Laptops: A Winning Combination
  2. 2. What are “mini-laptops”? <ul><li>AKA “netbooks” </li></ul><ul><li>Barebones laptops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal memory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low cost ($300-$500) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Slightly smaller than a standard laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily designed to run web-based applications </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Web 2.0? <ul><li>Applications you can run in a browser </li></ul><ul><li>No software needs to be installed </li></ul><ul><li>You can access from anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis, blogs, social networks, document sharing, shared multimedia </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The winning combination? <ul><li>Low cost = one-to-one This transforms how technology can change the learning process. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Considerations – Instructional goals <ul><li>What do you want to accomplish? </li></ul><ul><li>Start there and then think about everything else. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  6. 6. Considerations – Software <ul><li>Should flow from your instructional goals </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>Traditional (practice, notes, writing, etc.) Transformational (etextbooks, online courses, student-generated content) (differentiating instruction)
  7. 7. Considerations – Hardware <ul><li>Should flow from what type of software and applications you’re planning </li></ul><ul><li>Memory needs </li></ul><ul><li>Peripherals (web cam, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Screen size </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  8. 8. Major Hardware Vendors <ul><li>Asus eeePC </li></ul><ul><li>Dell Latitude </li></ul><ul><li>Acer Aspire </li></ul><ul><li>Lenovo </li></ul><ul><li>HP </li></ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul>
  9. 9. Considerations – Infrastructure <ul><li>Log-ins and student email accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless </li></ul><ul><li>Room configurations Computers need to be on student desks. </li></ul><ul><li>Power </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Batteries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charging </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Thanks for attending! <ul><li>Karen Fasimpaur K12 Handhelds [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Licensed under CC BY. </li></ul><ul><li>Share, remix, learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Laptop photos courtesy of Acer, Asus, Dell, and MSI. </li></ul>

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