Cover yours! Get an OK from YOUR parents, and file it in YOUR file cabinet. Parents are notorious for not always reading what they sign, especially at the beginning of the year. Also, something (like a nasty divorce) can happen in mid-year…"
Thanks for your feedback. As a golden rule, I never have kids divulge any personal information whatsoever. My question is specifically about videos and/or photos of the kids, eg. completing activity.
When they enroll their kids at our…"
Are you aware that children are sometimes in witness protections and other programs which would put the child in serious danger if their location, even their school was known to those who would do them wrong? You MUST get the parents'…"
Hi Classroom-2.0ers,I just wanted to ask for your opinions on whether or not you think it is ok to include footage or photographs of your kids in your blog posts? I've been quite an active blogger on the sorts of things I am doing in the classroom, and I find it really useful to include snippets of kids' comments on the activities. Do you think it's absolutely essential to get kids and/or parents permission? In what circumstances?MSee More
"I've used Audacity for simple 'radio-style' podcasts. Eg. put a bunch of free sound files on a network drive, give kids a topic, have an interview, assemble a documentary, etc.
For a piece of freeware, the possibilities are…"
"Fascinating question Ric,
I'd have to say that the curriculum (i.e what we're trying to teach kids) is central. With one caveat: often the technology changes the way we do things, and often changes what we're teaching kids as a…"
Thanks so much for posting all of this information here. It's great to read about the tech side of deploying eee pcs in your school. I've been weighing up costs and benefits of netbook purchasing for my school, and I have to say that…"
"Good point - netbooks are definitely much more about cloud computing, and that's really a new phenomenon for all of us (young and old!)
Why not use the netbook as an opportunity to learn more about cloud computing? Most of us want to treat…"
"Interesting questions and comments! Yes I agree - many teachers seem to like the look, feel and portability of netbooks, but I think performance may be an issue over time. Even the slickest netbooks fare badly once you want to do your reports,…"
Thanks so much for all this information Anne. I think the more people blogging about this the better. It's also really good to hear about what you guys are up to in Vic, given your state government's decision to use the computer funds for netbooks.
Interestingly, Obama plans to do the same thing in American public schools with the X0-1.5 netbook from the One Laptop Per Child project. It's interesting to see something that was essentially planned as a low-cost, low-power machine for children in third-world countries is now making big headway into schools in the developed world. Three years ago this would have been unthinkable!
Hi Michael, I personally own an acer aspire netbook, which I really enjoy using. It works well on windows xp and I have not noticed it being slow at all. It does get really slow when I have two powerpoint presentations open at once.
However, the acer aspire netbooks for school have been great for what we need them for. My year 7s have to borrow some for an online elluminate class that we run with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Ajax. They work really well with that. Most students are on desktops in the computer lab but as I have 28 students, there are not enough computers for all of them and there have been no problems at all.
The grade 5 students are being subsidized by the Victorian Education dept and part paid for by school and part paid for by parents. These are lenovos and the kids only got them at the end of last term, so time will tell how well these go. But, the 15 netbooks in the library are constantly being borrowed either individually or as a class set, as it gives teachers a chance to use the internet and/or computers when the computer lab is booked or timetabled (which it is nearly all the time.)