Laptops In Our Classrooms
The Possibilities Are Endless!
When you use laptops for small-group instruction, you are allowing another tool for students to use to further their group's learning. It is easier to provide laptops in small-groups because you can have one laptop per group, verses whole-class where every student may need one. Students in small-group can work together to explore their resources on the internet more in depth. They are also productive for group projects. Students have endless options of free apps to use to create creative, taught provoking, well done projects and assignments. Laptops provide students with endless opportunities to express themselves and their knowledge through their work.
By having students work with laptops in the classroom, you are preparing the class for a technology-driven world. Computers are used every single day and for most jobs. By getting students familiar with laptops, you prepare them for the real world. Providing laptops for whole-class instruction allows for everyone to research the same topic and have great class discussions. It is another tool and outlet for teachers to reach every single student in the class. Instead of teacher showing one video to the whole class about moon phases, students can search endless videos, pictures, and information to learn. Laptops allow for students to view a teacher teaching a lesson, or an assignment in a different way. It also allows for students to even see how other teachers teach the same concept in a different classroom. Using laptops during whole-class instruction allows for the teacher to potentially reach students on a level they have never reach before. Because everyone uses technology, students can relate more to the information they are learning when its done through a medium they are interested in and familiar with.
Laptops are a great tool for individual instruction. Students can work at their own pace. When using a laptop for lessons and assignments, students are becoming individual learners, who are not dependent solely on the teacher to gain information. They are becoming problem solvers. It gives students a chance to explore the information on their own pace with creativity and innovation. Laptops keep students engaged. Less students are likely to get distracted or lost in the class because the are constantly interacting with the screen. Laptops provided a more one-on-one feel in the classroom. Students are held accountable for their work and progress they make in the classroom. They also get real time responses instead of waiting for a teacher to grade something or give them feedback. Laptops for individual use can also help student be more organized. By having homework on a laptop, they can not lose it. Students can take more detailed and organized notes on a laptop because it is easier and faster to type than write. Students with special needs can also really benefit from the use to laptops. They are another tool to reach students who do not learn traditionally. It is another outlet for students with special needs to express their knowledge who may have trouble doing so traditional ways.
Laptops are a great tool to use to challenge students. Laptops challenge students to think outside of the box. Laptops allow students to use other tools to create and show their work, rather than tradition pen and paper. Laptops allow students to make flyers, powerpoint, videos, slide shows and so much more. Laptops provide real time responses and feedback. Laptops can make students have to be accountable for their progress or lack of progress on an assignment. Students do not necessarily have the opportunity to slack off in class. A lot of textbooks today have a strong presents of technology as a learning tool as well. More and more lessons being taught in textbooks have a technology component that extends the lesson. Laptops can provide that extra instructions, assignments, and assessment students need to challenge them and help them grow as individual learners.