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Published on March 20, 2008

Author: ddesroches

Source: slideshare.net

Description

An overview of the professional laptop program in the Living Sky School Division. Prepared for the National Rural Education Congress in Saskatoon, April 2008.

 

Imagine the Journey…

 

Budget Capacity Laptops PD

Not everyone is motivated

What?????

The Three Consultants

Meaningful Learning Communities Arts Education In-School Instructional Support Early Literacy Project Inquiry

 

Building Capacity

Meaningful purpose

Collaboration

Small Groups

Innovation Creativity Experimentation

Innovation

Creativity

Experimentation

In-School Instructional Technology Support Teacher Committee:

Collaboration and Learning Web 2.0 Digital Citizenship Information Literacy Professional Development

Web 2.0

Digital

Citizenship

Information

Literacy

Professional Development

Process

Allison Sherwin In-School Instructional Technology Support Teacher Committee I used to focus on the “ programs ” (Word Excel, Internet). I have shifted to thinking about the creation itself and how these tools can help my students be the creators .

I used to focus on the “ programs ” (Word Excel, Internet).

I have shifted to thinking

about the creation itself

and how these tools can

help my students be the creators .

Early Literacy Project Description Focus: Critical reading behaviours in the early years, PreK – Gr. 2

Focus: Critical reading behaviours in the

early years, PreK – Gr. 2

Early Literacy Project + Laptops http://lskyearlyliteracy.wikispaces.com/

http://lskyearlyliteracy.wikispaces.com/

Benefits of Laptops Collaborate and Create Communicate Common Resources Capacity

Professional Reflections We are efficient with the laptops during the meetings. In past committee work, we had you typing while we were running for print materials and flipping pages. Now we can all be international travellers thru the internet accessing the information at our fingertips. Also, it has given me a tool to help colleagues when they say that they have a need. I was able to share web sites for activities from our committee with a teacher. I think it has made me more aware of and comfortable with technology-using photos and programs. I am gaining the confidence to help others play with these programs.

Having a laptop in the classroom has been very motivating for my students.  We have used the laptop as a mobile activity center where the students play educational games from the internet.  More recently, we have begun creating our own photostories and posting them on our classroom webpage.  These photostories allow the students to extend their knowledge and share it with their families.  The limitation is that we only have one laptop so doing individual projects is nearly impossible.  I am exploring many other ways to use the laptop in the classroom, including attaining a projector so that we can play with words as a group more easily.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to use a division laptop.  I am using it for research into our Literacy topic using our wireless internet at home.  It is so convenient to take with me to use when I travel to complete projects that I need. My school computer tech assistant is spending time educating me on  various programs as well. 

I enjoy the use of a laptop as part of the Early Literacy Committee.  It allows a "freedom" as to when and where a person works on the assignments that come from being part of this committee.  We are able to break apart into groups, work on separate issues, and bring these separate documents together, before the end of the day.   It ensures that everyone has the use of a computer and access to e-mail and the wiki space at home, where we do much of our "homework".  This means that everyone is able to stay up-to-date on where we are as a group, even if we have missed a meeting.  It has been a valuable tool in being part of this committee.

The mini demonstrations that we have received  from Donna, JoAnne and sharing with each other on ways to use the laptop into our teaching has inspired me to experiment more with incorporating technology into the  practice of teaching.  I feel like we are in times where the students know more about computers than I do as their teacher.  Thus far, the best way I have found out about how to advance in the area of technology is through the sharing with others.  I am still in the beginnings of my growth on using the laptop as a tool in education.  However, now that I have access to one, I am confident that I will only continue to expand its use.

Arts Education

Arts Education Artists Multidisciplinary Connections Experiential

Artists

Multidisciplinary Connections

Experiential

Arts Education Teacher Leaders Committee http://artsed.pbwiki.com

http://artsed.pbwiki.com

Social Networking in the Arts http://arted20.ning.com/profile/SherronBurns

http://arted20.ning.com/profile/SherronBurns

Byrna Luyben-Cronk

Inquiry Learning

uncertainty “…be patient to all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.” Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke

uncertainty “…be patient to all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.” Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke

Inquiry Learning THE POWER OF THE QUEST http:// imaginethis .wikispaces.com/Inquiry+Learning

http:// imaginethis .wikispaces.com/Inquiry+Learning

Allowing students to discover and represent information “THEIR WAY” will give them ownership over the information and therefore their learning. Guiding them through the process including technological applications will be the teachers’ greatest task. Jim Ellis The Power of the Quest

Allowing students to discover and represent information “THEIR WAY” will give them ownership over the information and therefore their learning. Guiding

them through the

process including

technological

applications will be

the teachers’

greatest task.

Jim Ellis

The Power of the Quest

What we have learned on the journey….. Arts Education Consultant Learning Resource Consultant Language and Literacy Consultant

 

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