What is a reasonable expectation for initiating a one-to-one program at your school? First, is it possible and if no then why? Second, what device would work best for your school, and if you answered no to the previous, what device do YOU think would be ideal for your school? Is BYOT an option? Third, what kind of feedback would you expect from teachers? Last, how would YOU best use one-to-one devices in your classroom?
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I agree! iPads are best for kindergarten.
Gwen, I agree with you that many teachers may have mixed opinions about the one to one program. There are several teachers that have taught for a long time that are not comfortable with all of the new technology that is advancing in our society. Personally, I feel like incorporating this in the classroom would benefit our students in the long run. The issue right now is the funds, but if we could find the money then I think most schools would be on board!
Gwen, I think that iPads are great in a one-to one implementation of technology, but expensive. When we hear about BYOT it sounds like a much cheaper alternative until you look at the lost time for teachers adapting to all of the different devices brought to the class. I guess that over time the students would learn the unique needs of their particular technology, but it would be a great challenge to a regular classroom teacher who may not be familiar with all of the different types of devices that might come to class!
Yes!! Lost time - which I never thought about. It is a challenge when all the devices are the same. Interesting.
The type of device isn't necessarily the issue. The operating system is really the most important thing. That's why I'm not a fan of Apple products and iPads. The Android operating system applies to just about anything that's not Apple. It's a much more open platform and it's quickly gaining ground.
Even if every student had a different device, it would be almost irrelevant as long as they're all running the same OS.
Hi Gwen! I think that professional development is a great point to make when it comes to implementing these devices. I know that through the program at Wilmington University, I am gaining so much knowledge and expanding my resources for implementing more technology into my own classroom, but that does not necessarily mean there are others in my district doing the same thing. There would need to be a lot of planning for professional development from beginners to experts and also for the students. Those students who do not have the opportunity to work on these devices at home, will also need training. For example, in my district, many students have not seen or used an iPad until the opportunity arose for them to use one in Social Studies. There was a lot of step by step instruction needed, which took time out of the class, to get the students "user-friendly" with the device itself, let alone the instruction needed for the assignment. I think this is also something that needs to be addressed in a one-to-one program- training for parents and students as well as the teachers who will be implementing the instruction through the use of the devices.
Being a fellow Kindergarten teacher as well, I agree that iPads would be the way to go when selecting a piece of technology when instituting a 1:1 technology initiative. I also feel that they are user friendly and would be easy to use with young children, such as Kindergarten students. I like your option to slowly begin the initiative by buying 1 class set of the technology devices of choice that can be shared among a grade level and then built upon that over time until all students have their own technological device. This would probably be the most cost efficient way to do a 1:1 technology initiative in the schools because it wouldn't be a large cost to the district in one shot, but slowly spending money on the technology over time. Hopefully in due time, this initiative will come to the schools and we'll be able to see the benefits of its use in the classroom with our own students.
I also believe that a good approach to start the one-to-initiative in schools with limited budget is to do a phase in approach. Start with one grade and let them have Ipads/laptops for that entire school year. Next year,another grade is added and so on and so forth. This way, it will give the school the ability to look at the success and failures of the program over the year, and work on correcting them before moving on to the following year. I also think that the students that used it for the first year and are good at it could become student mentors for other students in the following year. This phase in approach will also be cheaper as schools would not have to purchase all the Ipads/laptops all at once.
I think teaching Kindergarten students to use any form of technology would be a huge challenge. I imagine you would have to be extremely patient and have to troubleshoot problems quite often. Using a grade level set would probably be a great way to get started using a device with that age level. Is there someone in your district that can assist you with setting up technology with students that age?
I agree that Ipads are best for kindergarten! I love that it gives them the opportunity to be hands on while using a program because that is exactly what they need!
I use iPads in my kindergarten class as well. I was so surprised at how well the students can use the device. It is their favorite center activity by far! I am lucky to have five iPads for my kindergarten group. They use apps for counting, adding, letters and number recognition, and site words. They love the activities and they not only build their academic skills, but also their fine motor skills.