Laptops, IWB and changing the role of the teacher.


My classroom is undergoing an interesting transformation. As I come to terms with my changing role with laptops in the room, I started to feel that I needed to ‘teach from the centre’ instead of teaching from the front. So this week my classroom got a bit of a revamp. Teacher’s desk moved to the back centre, tables grouped in sixes (instead of fours), table groups angled in to the middle, remote keyboard and mouse on the teacher’s desk at the back.  Soon there will also be an additional ‘normal’ whiteboard on the back wall. That will give me three normal whiteboards as well as the IWB. I wanted the extra boards so that we can ‘leave things up’ and we still use the normal whiteboard for note-making and brainstorming quite a lot.

The first response from the kids was positive. They liked the ‘change’ and the novelty. Year 10 (who had suggested the change) were happy and I noticed that it immediately changed who was ‘running’ the IWB. Since I wasn’t out the front, kids stepped up to find sites, follow links, complete a quiz etc. Not me! Pretty neat! In one simple move I had created the flexibility I needed and shifted the focus away from me as the sole person in charge of the IWB. Suddenly the IWB became interactive!

Has anyone used Museum Box? I regularly visit Bright Ideas blog and think this would work well with laptops and be a very different research assignment. We do character life boxes as a task when Year 9 study a Shakespearean text. I think the Museum Box would be a very techno alternative. What do you think? Have you done anything with the site?

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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