teaching with technology

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The first class

We are about to embark on a new adventure of learning using technology. Sixty five notebook computers are on the way and we will start teaching ICT in October! The school term is now in the third week and soon the ThinkPad notebooks will arrive. We all have been practicing with the students how to line up and bring the notebooks in and out of the classroom using normal books! Although this may seems silly I think it is a great idea coming from one of our wonderful teachers Raymond, as it gives the student an idea of what to do once the real notebooks arrive.

The next step is to show the students how to use the notebooks. Of course most of them can use a desktop windows XP machine and hence will not find it to difficult to use Windows 7. It would be nice to display the teachers and students screen on the SmartBoard so they can see some basics. I have been looking into devices that allow mirroring of mobile devices to the SmartBoard and will be shown something on the 10th of October.

As it stands most of the content for the ICT curriculum will come from the Dr. PC e-books, but I am now looking at other content and apps that work on the Windows 7 platform. It seems that Google provides various options for collaboration, like Google Docs, Google plus and Google drive as well as a range of education apps.

There are also many options out there that can enhance learning across different subject areas using such things as blogs, social media, YouTube, Wikis and numerous other online applications. So the journey begins to discover what works and what does not, but lucky for us the way has already been paved towards the 21st century classroom !


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How to perform good classroom management using laptops?

Well its almost time to start teaching ICT with a new think-pad computers we will get two trolleys with 30 or so laptops in each and then we need to share between the different classrooms. But how to do this well? Do we send the students out of the class to collect there laptops? Do we bring the trolley to the class? that could be a problem as the trolley could be on the 2nd or third floor!

Well your suggestions are welcomeImage!

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The Case Against Competition

I have always thought that a competitive enviroment is not always good for both children and adults alike and in this article there is a good case for being careful how we deal with this!

Competition is to self-esteem as sugar is to teeth. Most people lose in most competitive encounters, and it’s obvious why that causes self-doubt. But even winning doesn’t build character; it just lets a child gloat temporarily. Studies have shown that feelings of self-worth become dependent on external sources of evaluation as a result of competition: Your value is defined by what you’ve done. Worse — you’re a good person in proportion to the number of people you’ve beaten.

See full text By Alfie Kohn