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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Engage them or they will engage themselves

What do we expect students to do with their device when they enter our classrooms? In a 1:1 environment, if this is not something every teacher can answer, then devices will be a distraction not a learning enhancement. When students are left to their own devices (literally), you have more chance they will be engaged in something other than the objectives of your lesson. 


How have you redesigned your classroom so that students are using their devices on your terms?....

Used with permission (Aleesha's Google+ page.)

Old Paradigm
  1. I tell them them to "put that away, or close the lid"
  2. We block YouTube in the school.
  3. They can't use their cameras or microphones to record lessons. It is against our 'Acceptable Use' guidelines.
New Paradigm
  1. I give them large chunks of text or get them to record me for 10 minute blocks. Then in teams of three, they create mind maps, and shared notes to construct meaning from the information.
  2. They maintain their own blogs. They record the learning intentions at the start of every lesson then reflect on what they have learned. They find links to more information or add links to peer blogs. It's like their own diary.
  3. ...etc
Share your practice on this editable Google Doc or leave a response below. 

"When students are left to their own devices (literally), you have more chance they will be engaged in something other than the objectives of your lesson." 


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Chromebooks... But they are useless offline... Aren't they?

No way... Quick summary...

Was on a flight from Sydney to Townsville and decided to see what a Chromebook can and can't do offline. I have used a free Chrome extension (on my Acer C720) called Chromecastify to capture this video whilst on the plane. Who says a Chromebook is useless offline?



Chromecastify is my benchmark for selecting a Chromebook. If it can't run Chromecastify, its not a decent Chromebook.