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3:22 PM / Posted by Lenva /

This blog has been sadly neglected over the last few weeks, but I haven't been idle. I have been busy writing a 'how to blog' blog for the teachers of my ICT Cluster.

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Comment by murch on June 11, 2008 at 2:55 AM

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and have much to bring back to the educational field. In Australia, some classes in our schools are laptop schools, but many teachers dont know how to use the technology in classes so apart from basic wordprocessing skills there is little else done. How have those schools in Nth America made such an impact with the 1:1 laptop program? How do they train the teaching staff? Do all students have internet access back at home? Are they macs or pc's or a mixture? Hope you will keep telling us more about your findings.

Comment by Lenva Shearing on June 20, 2008 at 3:02 AM

What a pity about the teacher training in your schools - this is such an awesome opportunity for our kids that we really need to make it count.
Many of the schools in the US were in disadvantaged areas and the children spoke english as a second language. Therefore visual language is so very important to support reading and writing.
In many cases the laptop they brought home from school was the only computer in the house, so therefore it made a huge impact on learning for the whole family. Because of this there was not a lot of reliance on the internet, and much of their work was creating with media - images, sound and music and movies. They were all macs as this tour was run by Apple.
As Apple support this programme some of the teacher training is supported by them, and the rest is just what we do here - in house, use experts, fiddle around on your own.
I will keep posting as already what I have seen and now digesting has had a significant impact on how we are going to be doing things at my school.
Watch this space.

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