We want all students to start on the first day with the basic skills to be successful with their laptop learning instruments. Students are, without a doubt, our greatest allies in this effort. Have an savvy student body will help ensure early success We have a new wireless network and new printers in place...we want to have all of you onsite before school begins to make sure that your equipment works with the new wireless system and printers. We've been using our laptops for years at Castilleja, we already know this? Well, that is kinda true, but there is a difference. Previously, laptop use on campus was voluntary, so not everyone had their computers on campus each day. This year all 420 students will have their computers, which changes things. From a technology support standpoint, it makes sense for us to conduct these seminars in this fashion to increase our community skill base. Castilleja has taken the approach that we value open, unfiltered, uncensored access to the Internet. With this approach comes a great deal of responsibility on the part of our community members.
Laptop Learning Seminars
Castilleja Laptop Learning Seminars August 2010
"laptop is a personal laboratory for intellectual exploration and creative expression" ~ Dr. Gary Stager
"...laptops are instruments of mass distraction" ~ NPR piece from last spring
Big Question... "how can we use our laptops (and other technologies) to personalize learning, manage complex streams of information, interrogate resource validity, engage with local and global issues, publish for a large audience, build cool stuff, have a bit of fun, develop empathy, network with others and expand our cultural competencies and awareness?"
"The teacher knows almost as little how to use [it] as his pupils" ?
"The teachers knows almost as little how to use chalk as his pupils" Image courtesy of World Bank Photo Collection. Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldbank/2760560588/
Historical innovations in educational technology...