The Year 3 team have taken the bull by the horns, and have split their resources and are implementing the system. I will be working with them on using Newsmaker in their classroom programmes in the coming weeks.
The Year 1, 4 and 5 teams are happy with the way they are currently timetabling their resources at this stage.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
After a fortnight of trialling the split, here is the feedback that they have given me:
- Turn taking - children end up with a longer amount of time on the laptops throughout the week doing meaningful tasks
- Other kinds of activities have been included in the day to day programmes (such as shared book activities)
- Bookmarks and links have made it easier for children to locate websites that are pertinent to them
- Workstations - task boards and tumble boards are being used
- ICT is being integrated more effectively - no longer a stand alone thing!
- Children don't like others 'hanging' around - this has been addressed with the premise that their name will be put at the bottom of the tumble
- Children need to be upskilled on troubleshooting - such as opening the wrong file or website
- Younger or less capable children need assistance from either older peers, teacher aides or teachers when uploading or converting files for their Ultranet pages
Posted by Rochelle at 11:14 AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
After much discussion with the Year 2 team, they have also agreed to trial the same system that Year 6 have. All laptops have been labelled appropriately, commonly used websites have been bookmarked, and they are ready to go! Each member of the team has been given a flyer with ideas and some suggestions on how to manage the pod of laptops effectively (and integrated). The Team Leader is very enthusiastic about the new system in her team. Everyone seems to be on board. I will be reviewing this with them in a fortnight to see how it is going.
Posted by Rochelle at 8:02 PM