At our school, the MacBook cart is a frequent flyer in the HS. Classrooms sign out the laptops to do a whole host of PBL and other work. With 16 classrooms at our main school location and only 1 computer lab, the cart has been very valuable.
The past few weeks, one of our younger classrooms, class 4, started integrating the MacBooks into their daily instruction. When I was invited to see it today, I was so excited about what I saw. Students were not only learning how to be safe and properly care for the equipment, they were also:
– Learning how to choose a website to go to and then accessing the website for work/leisure.
– Learning how to do tasks and play through video modeling.
– Completing typing work.
– Attending to something independently without needing prompts.
– and much more…
I like when existing technology helps redefine instruction in ways that not only make it easier but also more engaging and effective for the learners. That is what being 21st century educators is all about, regardless of the levels of the students. As I always say, it is about “Thinking Different!”
Speaking of that, check out the new iPad double mini they created using 2 old iPod touches and a clip board. Great for live picture in picture video modeling. (pics at end).
Mark Giufre (deTechtive1) 2013