I never even considered. We have seen the devices become the primary computers in homes that never had computers, which has introduced younger students to computers and allowed parents to use computers for tasks like applying online for jobs. Our 1-1 program has also offered our students the chance to become amazing technology leaders through their work with our student-run helpdesks. One of the challenges this brings to us as a staff is providing "staff development" for our students. As a result, we host a Student Technology Leadership Summit to allow students to build their skills and share with their peers. I have also seen the benefits of 1-1 in a Cub Scout troop I help lead, where all students are from a 1-1 school. One of the badges involves building a computer game. Because every kid has his own device running Scratch, my kitchen table will become a computer lab. Sometimes, the unexpected extracurricular outcomes are as great as those we see in our classrooms.
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Posted by HCT at 8:23 AM
Thursday, November 12, 2015
If you have not noticed lately, education is under attack and those of us in the education profession have nobody to blame but ourselves.Today, we educate more students at a higher level and face greater challenges than ever before in the history of schooling--yet we spend little time showing the public what we do. Instead, we invite our students into our schools each day and work magic behind closed doors and leave the public to believe that classrooms operate just as they did 20, 30, or 40 years ago. We need to open our doors and show that schools are different. We need to put our students out in front where they can show just how amazing they are. Each time I am in a situation where adults interact with kids in an educational setting, the adults walk away stunned by the level of work, creativity, and ability that is demonstrated in our classrooms. If we want the attacks on education to end, it's time to stop letting people believe in an outdated image of our schools.
Posted by Dr. Henry Thiele at 6:58 PM
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Posted by Dr. Henry Thiele at 8:35 PM
If a school is moving to 1:1 and expecting students to use a single device all day, I believe it’s essential that district leaders live with the same device first. In 2012, I began modeling this by using a Chromebook exclusively for my job. After working effectively in this environment, I was confident that students could, as well. In the past year, Chromebooks have become the top device purchased by schools for reasons explained in the new eBook Less Waiting, More Learning with Intel-Based Chromebooks. In addition to this eBook, K-12 Blueprint offers several great resources for “going Chrome,” including a Chromebooks page and a blog where educators such as Alice Keeler and Kyle Pace share their expertise. Learn what it takes to advance to the next level of technology-powered education on K-12 Blueprint from a team of incredible educators.
Cross-Posted to the K12Blueprint Blog
Posted by Dr. Henry Thiele at 8:25 PM
Thursday, September 10, 2015
We have arrived at the time of the year where everyone is finally back in school. Some are just starting this week, while others have been back for almost a month. With back to school comes a season of change, where leaves turn colors and crops are ready. Just this past weekend, we enjoyed the fall harvest by taking the family apple picking. One of my favorite moments during this time is showing my kids that when you turn the apple upside down, you can see the remnants of the flower that became the apple. Day after day, that bud was given what it needed to grow and now, in September, it has become something entirely new. This small flower developed into a source of energy. This lesson applies to the classroom as well. Good teachers know that all of their efforts will be worth it because of the bounty at the end. Make sure you give your students everything they need to grow into sources of energy that will evolve from the delicate flowers that sit in your classroom today.
Cross-Posted from the Technology & Learning Newsletter
Posted by HCT at 1:52 PM
Monday, July 13, 2015
Posted by Dr. Henry Thiele at 8:07 AM