Today’s 21st Century Classroom requires a range of integrated technology tools to support student learning.
This year in my classroom I am fortunate enough to have 1:1 Chromebooks.
Chromebooks are a fantastic device for use in education. If your school is embedding Google Apps for Education (GAFE) into the curriculum, Chromebooks complement this learning pedagogy fantastically.
Coupled with Hapara Teacher Dashboard’s Remote Control feature, I can monitor each students device. I able to see what they have on their screen at any time and the tabs they have open. I can forward web links and documents to all or individual student Chromebooks to assist their learning.
Last year I had 3 laptops within my classroom and shared use of 6 Desktops and 6 iPads with another classroom. I was happy with these and found ways to enable students to use them for different activities in literacy, mathematics and inquiry learning.
In September of 2013 my school started the transition to GAFE. In this process we begun to realise some limitations of using GAFE on the iPad. When deciding what device to use this year as part of our 1:1 program in Year 6, Chromebooks supported the direction our school was heading.
Since the implementation of 1:1 Chromebooks in Year 6 I have noticed a complete change in the way I integrate technology into my teaching. It has become part of the learning rather than a separate activity. All students are able to research, investigate and produce their work on their own device. It gives students a choice in the way they learn. The Chromebook has become a tool that supports each and everyone one of my students on their individual learning journey.
Student benefits of using 1:1 Chromebooks in Year 6 Classroom:
- Independent Learners
- Collaborative Learning
- Developing ICT skills
- File Management
When implementing any device into the classroom there has to be clear rules and guidelines set out for students. In today’s society it is important students understand these rules in order to become responsible digital citizens.
Here is the presentation I presented to the students before they received their Chromebooks
To keep parents informed of the technology use in their child’s learning we held a Parent ICT Information Night. All Year 6 parents were encouraged to attend to gather a thorough understanding of the strategies we have put in place.
Below is our Parent ICT Night presentation
I found Kathleen Morris Blog on Primary Tech very helpful in creating these presentations. She has created a range of resources for teachers using Technology in their classroom.
If you would like to know more about setting up Chromebooks, my colleague Corey Aylen (eLearning Co-ordinator) has created his own Blog post on Chromebook Enrolment.