Thinking about laptops and learning


Lots of rainy days these holidays so I have been revisiting my website and thinking about how we are going to manage classrooms with laptops.

My first real foray into using technology in the classroom occurred when I got a new computer some years ago, complete with MS Frontpage. With the help of the Ozteachers mailing list I learnt to create a website and spent another rainy holiday immersed in thinking about how I could use it in the classroom. The website has been through many revisions since then and with the purchase of a new monitor (I had been using the 17″ for a really long time!) and a  wide screen I discovered the site didn’t look so good and had really small font. I also realised the site was being accessed more by teachers than students at my school and that it had become a ‘filing cabinet’ for websites I’d found that would be useful later.

This holiday I learnt to link to a word document in the website. About time some would say especially when it is so easy to do. Anyway, I’ve spent some time tidying up pages, linking to word documents  I had saved that will be useful in the classroom, as well as putting in some units I’ve used a few times to share with other teachers. This led me to thinking  about how I might use the website and the linked documents when year 9 get their laptops some time in term 2.  I am wondering how others will approach their use in the classroom and can already imagine some great teaching opportunities and engagement of some students as well as the need for some new classroom procedures! Being able to put a lesson plan with embedded links on the website may be very handy when students are able to go directly to the page.

About lyntiernan

I teach kids. Mostly English but sometimes good manners, how to have fun learning, that you are never too old to learn something new, that we all make mistakes and what we do about mistakes is who we become, that the future is not some place we are going to but a place we are creating and... I like learning and adapting new technology in the classroom I'm good with my new IWB, websites and email but hopeless with mobile phones!

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