Hello ACSI staff, and thanks for joining us today for our Technology Strand presentations. I feel humbled to share our (Heritage Christian School (HCS) student laptop (1:1) journey. No matter where you are at in your school’s tech journey, I hope this session gives you something to consider and chew on. Here is a general breakdown of what I will be covering today:
- Philosophy of Technology in the Classroom & 1:1
- Our Heritage 4-Year 1:1 Journey
- Hands-on Participation & Demonstration of Classroom Tools (GoogleDocs & Moodle)
- Possible Applications & Future Thinking
As you begin today’s session, I invite you to please answer the following 3 questions HERE.
In a tweet, this is one major thought of support for tech resources for our students:
Here are a few more Key Thoughts:
KEY: In all that technology can do for our students, we must place it as a tool to serve their learning.
KEY: Can this tool do more than what is traditionally available? IE – can doing this digitally do more than what I can do on paper?
Let’s quickly take a look at the talking points of the outline above:
1. Philosophy of Tech in the Classroom & 1:1
- Many of you are on-board with technology in the classroom being used as a tool…for you, this is a matter of preaching to the choir…you own a laptop/smart phone/third device…you search for web content with the goal of ‘learning’…you know you can network quickly with others through the web…
- For others among you, perhaps the web is still a bit of an unknown entity, or perhaps ‘all things digital’ signal the end of our established, competent, traditional way of doing things.
- Technology has helped move our classrooms towards greater student access to information
- IE – photocopiers, Overheads, and now most resources in my high school are being produced by a teacher on the computer, being printed, and being handed out to students.
- Technology in the classroom: can this technology move us beyond what is currently happening? Can it not only replace, but improve, what is today’s ‘norm’?
- IE – Computer as word processor or search engine. Well, these two things currently exist – paper production and encyclopedia…but the computer might offer more speed and one-place access to information that would be found in countless books.
- We must remember that just because it’s tech doesn’t mean it’s better… Is this device or software simply a substitution for the current process, or is it an improvement or an upgrade?
- Technology is a way to leverage engagement equity when working with our students. *Key, as teachers, we must be ‘into’ whatever our kids are into – Hockey, Ballet, Pogs, Twilight, video games, and yes, technology of their choice…etc.
- The role of “the laptop” is changing…A “Flash Drive” used to be the norm…this is where my original file lives…the device not the key – access is the key – log-in to any computer to gain access to your information…now your laptop is in the sky…
- In the last two weeks I have created 5 word docs (template), 2 quizzes (template), and about 25 shared files to be used between our office, secretary – COLLABORATION
- KEY: Laptops/devices – are they required for curriculum or do they serve as top-up for enrichment? (this is at the heart of the 1:1 debate)
- What do devices do that paper cannot?
- These tools must exist to highlight Collaboration, Access to Information, and Media Production (IE – creating digital momentum…or Klout)
- BYOD VS. School Provided VS. Mix
- What software infrastructure are you going to use? IE – Does your curriculum live in the cloud? Will you host your content somewhere: Moodle, student blogs, GoogleApps, etc.
General Comments About Teaching in a 1:1 Environment:
- Must determine what the 1:1 devices will do – 1st level – they are replacement for paper & research; 2nd level they promote collaboration and give access to documents from any device
- All regular classroom management techniques still apply
- TRUST ISSUE: Is your relationship with your kids one of authoritarian and moderator, or one of coach? IE – Are you checking their work habits each time you walk by? Is that the only reason you are coming to their desk? This is a trust relationship – they must earn your trust & they must be trusted to work when you are not ‘watching’.
- Teacher’s desk behind the students? Either move the desk, or have the kids face the other side of the room.
- “Screens down” – kids shut their screens to 30 degrees…
- It’s okay to have a non-computer class or assignment every once in a while…
2. Our Heritage 4-Year 1:1 Journey
- Our 1:1 was driven out of need. We take our Grade 12 students to Mexico for 6-weeks. They were going to complete Chemistry 12 without their teacher on the trip. Question: What if kids could keep working on their material, and Skype in for class… So, we used portions of our online school’s Chem12 course.
- ’09-’10 – Mexico 6-weeks (CHEM12) – used OL course – purchased 20 Acer 10″ Netbooks
- ’10-’11 – Purchased 55 more Acer Netbooks – Just giving kids a computer to use – no real 1:1 plan…
- ’11-’12 – Still Netbooks (but they are starting to die…) Now we have Moodle running for every academic course (and some electives)
- ’12-’13 – 3rd and final year of Netbooks. Better use of Moodle in our courses.
- ’13-’14 Chromebooks (CBs) purchased for Grades 10-11-12. BYOD if you can, if not we will provide CBs. We are registered as a Google School – gives school Google Accounts for App use. 3 everyday web programs: Students Achieve, Moodle, GoogleApps.
What does our 1:1 school & classrooms look like?
3. Hands-on Participation & Demonstration of Classroom Tools (GoogleDocs & Moodle)Group work – place yourselves in groups of 4 to 6 people. Chose one member to be ‘Computer Person’. Send that person up to me to gain access to this GoogleDoc. This was modeled by our Sr. High Humanities teacher. Worked very well in class. The document produced was shared with class at the end of the lesson.
Individual Scaffold – if you are new to GoogleApps then this may be a place to start. Q: How could you use this type of document with your staff? Students? We have used it for staff meetings and also for sharing ideas/lists/etc with our office staff.
Calendar Event – with our Google School status we can quickly produce shared docs, groups, and calendars.
Subway Example – “Where is the official file”
Moodle – Digital Binder holding curriculum. From simple handouts to self-contained full courses. Gr 8/9 – being forced to complete a GooglePresentation using GoogleDocs to store info.
Google Apps – Collaboration, Access, Security – for students, teachers, and parents. CEA use very discreet, can check in with more than one student at a time.
Online Marking – Students Achieve has a student and parent portal. We call it our ‘Daily Report Card’. It pushes a daily email with any mark updates. Also has a calendar that shows any upcoming assessments.
4. Possible Applications & Future Thinking
Whit is the next digital step for Heritage?
- We must have our students do more that docs & research. They must create a ‘movement’. They must create digital momentum, Klout…FaceBook, Twitter, Blog, Comments…
- We must help our students in their organization – including cell phone access to their content & info. IE – smartphones that can have our GoogleApps running *Calendar!
Q: How do I get started?
- A: Must first ask, “Where am I at?” & “Where is my school at?”
- Perhaps it is creating a personal GoogleDocs account and sharing it publicly. Perhaps it is getting one mobile lab going? Perhaps your school isn’t ready for 1:1 yet – can you do anything in your classroom? BYOD discussion.
KEY: What programs/software are you using? Is it doing more than what paper can do? Or is it just a replacement for paper?
KEY: Collaboration, and access – two very powerful ideas.
Second last thing: As a place for continued thinking on this topic and for some feedback for me, would you please consider commenting on today’s session via this anonymous form?
Last thing: Keep this conversation going – I invite you to leave a comment or question below. Through comments we can all glean together.