In recent years, there has been much debate over whether laptops or tablets should be used in 1:1 classrooms and schools. I have both laptops and tablets for use at my school. I do like the portability of tablets and the quick start-up they offer. Tablets are good for practice and review with various apps. However, I have not found tablets to be completely functional for creating and producing content. Laptops offer much more functionality and more ease of use when a keyboard and mouse can be utilized.
If I had to choose, I would want my classroom to be 1:1 with laptops.
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The use of technology in the classroom, both by students and teachers, is often evaluated and measured by administrators. However, I believe that the use of technology should be interwoven into everything we do in the classroom. The use of technology should not be seen as a separate class or specific tools and projects that are used during certain units. Technology should be infused in every learning opportunity. Just as teachers incorporate different instructional strategies and have students show their learning in different ways, so, too, should technology use be implemented in the classroom.
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As we seek to prepare students for a career that does not yet exist, one skill that I find valuable for my students to learn is coding. I have a rudimentary knowledge of coding, but decided I wanted to take on learning this skill right along with my eighth-graders.
We’ve been using Code Studio, which has a wonderful teacher platform from which I can monitor my students’ progress and complete my own course education.
There are different levels of courses, but I’ve started all my students on the very basic of courses, for the early elementary student. They’ve been breezing through this course, as expected, but I didn’t want to skip this fundamental stage.
I have found that coding is more than just learning the task at hand of coding. Students are also learning how think critically and problem-solve—skills they will need in any job and in all situations.
What are you doing with your students?
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I came across this video that someone posted on Facebook. Usually I quickly scroll past videos as I don’t want to take the extra few minutes to watch them. However, I’m so glad I clicked on this link to view this video. Amazing. Brilliant. Heart-wrenching.
Watch it now. Video
Don’t forget to read the information that goes along with the video as it describes who these three girls are and who they represent.