Presentation details Event ID 140 Status Accepted Title Classroom management using a Mobile lab of 9 laptops Presenter Anne Maw Track Teaching and Learning with ICTs Format Presentations Target Intermediate Phase teachers audience All teachers Target All experience level Description Some ideas on how to manage and use ICT in a classroom with only a few computers. Discussion on some of the advantages of having laptops instead of a fixed computer centre. Examples of successful programs which have been used with this system in our school by different teachers Some issues • Security • Collaboration • Mobility • Independent of electricity See also Keywords primary laptops mobile apple Back We have a system at Crawford Prep North Coast where we have a mobile lab, consisting of 9 laptops each in their own backpack. The main reason for introducing this was Flexibility – can be taken to the classroom, out to the field, down to the river, on an excursion Can be used when the computer centre is busy Apple technology and integrated software - cameras, video camera compatibility While we are using Apple and have access to the Apple software, a lot of the following can be applied to any laptops. It is often felt that you need a laptop for each child and whilst that would be ideal, most schools cannot afford that. The teachers that have used this lab successfully in the projects illustrated have usually worked with groups of 3 per computer. The children learn to work as a group and also learn to work effectively together. Advantages for schools Easier security – can all be locked in a strong room or safe at night Flexibility – can be used in any classroom or outside Can be used in power failures ( obviously must be kept fully charged) Can be used in groups Uses modern technology – software integrating camera, video and laptop Movie making capability Pupils can “Bluetooth” documents to the teacher Some successful projects Music projects - Grade3 English grade 5 – Portal to the Middle Ages English grade 5 – Onomatopoeia Adverts for Narnia Photobooks – Camelot Geography – Grade 5 – Flood damage on the North Coast of KZN Maths games - PowerPoint Additional benefits – can be used to support pupils with special needs Differential education (Differentiatedl education) Ross uses Speech recognition facility in Microsoft word Scan original with optical recognition software Child can then “read” document and hear it read to him As with any group work the children are forced into a situation where Collaboration Consensus Co-operation are required All of which are important elements for success Additional resources – Quicktime movies – examples of the pupils work.
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