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Laura visits Forest Ridge school where tablets are required for 5th grade.

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  • DenginDengin

    It's so nice to see our young students being given this opportunity to work with technology at such a young age. Our white, middle class young students, that is.
    [/sarcasm]

  • DenginDengin

    It's so nice to see our young students being given this opportunity to work with technology at such a young age. Our white, middle class young students, that is.
    [/sarcasm]

  • LyndalLyndal

    Great episode.  Probably the best episode so far.

    I think one day I'm going to go back to college just to experience all the new technology innovations in education.

  • LyndalLyndal

    Great episode.  Probably the best episode so far.

    I think one day I'm going to go back to college just to experience all the new technology innovations in education.

  • LyndalLyndal

    lame

  • LyndalLyndal

    lame

  • Scott StockerScott Stocker

    Private schools can give kids opportunites that public schools simply can't. I know when I was finishing high school (only 4 years ago), we were lucky to even have a single computer lab for the entire high school, middle school, and elementary.

  • Scott StockerScott Stocker

    Private schools can give kids opportunites that public schools simply can't. I know when I was finishing high school (only 4 years ago), we were lucky to even have a single computer lab for the entire high school, middle school, and elementary.

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    Laura!

    Great show!  Thanks again for coming out to FR for a look at our program and the power of the pen!

    John Phillips
    Director of Educational Technology
    Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
    Bellevue WA 98006
    www.forestridge.org

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    Laura!

    Great show!  Thanks again for coming out to FR for a look at our program and the power of the pen!

    John Phillips
    Director of Educational Technology
    Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
    Bellevue WA 98006
    www.forestridge.org

  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    Many Private schools don't have the money Public schools do... Didn't you notice they were "requiring" these student to have tablets... Personally i think the government should provide every student at least a laptop. This could easily be done by not building just one Stealth Bomber and diverting those resources to pay for laptops (or so said some congress person on C-Span a couple years back...)

    All in all i think it's good for the students and unfortunate for others not so financially well off, maybe in another 10 years you'll start seeing this sort of thing in public schools... hmm, maybe in 20 years the way our country is going with education.

  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    Many Private schools don't have the money Public schools do... Didn't you notice they were "requiring" these student to have tablets... Personally i think the government should provide every student at least a laptop. This could easily be done by not building just one Stealth Bomber and diverting those resources to pay for laptops (or so said some congress person on C-Span a couple years back...)

    All in all i think it's good for the students and unfortunate for others not so financially well off, maybe in another 10 years you'll start seeing this sort of thing in public schools... hmm, maybe in 20 years the way our country is going with education.

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    Interested more about laptop use at Forest Ridge. Check out our blog (In Our Laps) http://66.228.213.155/jphillips/default.htm

    John Phillips

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    Interested more about laptop use at Forest Ridge. Check out our blog (In Our Laps) http://66.228.213.155/jphillips/default.htm

    John Phillips

  • Terry Dwayne ReddTerry Dwayne Redd

    I find this awsome! Now all we need is that guy from Futurama to stand at the door and yell "Welcome to the SCHOOL OF TOMORROW!"

  • Terry Dwayne ReddTerry Dwayne Redd

    I find this awsome! Now all we need is that guy from Futurama to stand at the door and yell "Welcome to the SCHOOL OF TOMORROW!"

  • Matthew MushallMatthew Mushall

    This looks like an interesting segment.  I wish we had tablets in school growing up.  Anyway, this episode is not downloading in quicktime or iTunes properly.
    Just thought you guys should know.

  • Matthew MushallMatthew Mushall

    This looks like an interesting segment.  I wish we had tablets in school growing up.  Anyway, this episode is not downloading in quicktime or iTunes properly.
    Just thought you guys should know.

  • JJ

    Going paper-less, finally, 20 years later, is about the only good thing taken from this news piece. 

    Now with that being said, this story further exposes the divide between our wealthy minority, and the elite education they are privy to, and the poor majority.  While these students get a great opportunity to exploit technology at the behest of their intellectual future, our nations under-funded public school system faces a myriad of problems that is only getting worse.  Without an equal chance at education, we create a dangerous two class structure.

    Yes it seems 30% of their students recieve some sort of financial aid.  I won't play into ignorance, and I'm not attacking this individual school, rather the institution in America that grants a good education only to those lucky enough to be born into a wealthy (and in this case: Christian) family.  The effects of which have already exploded throughout our cities around the nation.

  • JJ

    Going paper-less, finally, 20 years later, is about the only good thing taken from this news piece. 

    Now with that being said, this story further exposes the divide between our wealthy minority, and the elite education they are privy to, and the poor majority.  While these students get a great opportunity to exploit technology at the behest of their intellectual future, our nations under-funded public school system faces a myriad of problems that is only getting worse.  Without an equal chance at education, we create a dangerous two class structure.

    Yes it seems 30% of their students recieve some sort of financial aid.  I won't play into ignorance, and I'm not attacking this individual school, rather the institution in America that grants a good education only to those lucky enough to be born into a wealthy (and in this case: Christian) family.  The effects of which have already exploded throughout our cities around the nation.

  • adownesadownes

    Coming from an under funded public school in the Bronx I completely understand where you are coming from, but you are not be realistic here. Any technology advances that happen in school system will happen first in well funded private schools; Because they can afford it, and they can take the risks.

    It has to start somewhere, what it is important is that it doesn't stop there. Computer manufacturers must work harder to reduce the costs of tablets or laptops, public schools should receive more funding  to buy these laptops and train the teachers to effectively use them without hindering education. If in 5-10 years public schools have not gone paperless then you have a point. For now, just wait and see.

  • adownesadownes

    Coming from an under funded public school in the Bronx I completely understand where you are coming from, but you are not be realistic here. Any technology advances that happen in school system will happen first in well funded private schools; Because they can afford it, and they can take the risks.

    It has to start somewhere, what it is important is that it doesn't stop there. Computer manufacturers must work harder to reduce the costs of tablets or laptops, public schools should receive more funding  to buy these laptops and train the teachers to effectively use them without hindering education. If in 5-10 years public schools have not gone paperless then you have a point. For now, just wait and see.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    The tablets seem like they would be a great motivator for the kids.

    A  few key factor id like to point out that make this idea for the future.

    -First hardly any pressure required to write on a tablet.
     Which is better for your wrists and fingers.

    -Increased productivity, less time erasing, quick access to homework and assignments.

    -Increased communication between teachers as students.

    -A great tool to show kids how to respect expensive property.

    This is kinda one of those things that is really expensive to get going , but in the long run it saves money and benefits everyone.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    The tablets seem like they would be a great motivator for the kids.

    A  few key factor id like to point out that make this idea for the future.

    -First hardly any pressure required to write on a tablet.
     Which is better for your wrists and fingers.

    -Increased productivity, less time erasing, quick access to homework and assignments.

    -Increased communication between teachers as students.

    -A great tool to show kids how to respect expensive property.

    This is kinda one of those things that is really expensive to get going , but in the long run it saves money and benefits everyone.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    I agree with you on most everything. But the truth is there will always be a division.

    I dont see anything getting better until we get a democrat in the white house.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    I agree with you on most everything. But the truth is there will always be a division.

    I dont see anything getting better until we get a democrat in the white house.

  • Kevin SchofieldKevin Schofield

    less than 50% of the students at Forest Ridge are Catholic. It's a remarkably diverse population.

    More and more technology is showing up in all schools and all classrooms. I thin a little more to the point is that school like this are innovating and taking risks. Giving 5th graders a tablet could have been a huge disaster, but they've learned a lot over the years and really made it work.

  • Kevin SchofieldKevin Schofield

    less than 50% of the students at Forest Ridge are Catholic. It's a remarkably diverse population.

    More and more technology is showing up in all schools and all classrooms. I thin a little more to the point is that school like this are innovating and taking risks. Giving 5th graders a tablet could have been a huge disaster, but they've learned a lot over the years and really made it work.

  • Chris PirilloChris Pirillo

    ...make that TWO.

  • Chris PirilloChris Pirillo

    ...make that TWO.

  • ratbearratbear

    My girlfriend's mother teaches Spanish at Forest Ridge. I have actually used the tablet PC that was given to her, but had no idea the students use them too. Pretty cool.

  • ratbearratbear

    My girlfriend's mother teaches Spanish at Forest Ridge. I have actually used the tablet PC that was given to her, but had no idea the students use them too. Pretty cool.

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    This is one of the best (if not, the best) 10 ep, so far.

    Before I respond/comment about the video, I'd just like to mention an interesting report that CBS News ran last night, titled:

    "The Vanishing Art of Handwriting"

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/27/eveningnews/main1443360.shtml

    Anyway, let's talk about Forest Ridge...

    The days of using paper after paper is diminishing more and more and I must say that I support it, because it means less and less cutting of trees.

    It's really cool to see the students not just typing their work, but also still using their handwriting...not on paper, but on a computer screen.

    (cont)

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    This is one of the best (if not, the best) 10 ep, so far.

    Before I respond/comment about the video, I'd just like to mention an interesting report that CBS News ran last night, titled:

    "The Vanishing Art of Handwriting"

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/03/27/eveningnews/main1443360.shtml

    Anyway, let's talk about Forest Ridge...

    The days of using paper after paper is diminishing more and more and I must say that I support it, because it means less and less cutting of trees.

    It's really cool to see the students not just typing their work, but also still using their handwriting...not on paper, but on a computer screen.

    (cont)

  • earth76earth76

    I had the same problem,
    the .mp4 file that I downloaded only gave me an error message.

  • earth76earth76

    I had the same problem,
    the .mp4 file that I downloaded only gave me an error message.

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    As for the public/private school debate...

    Well, as long as the money going towards the private schools is providing better education opportunites, then I say "great!"

    Yes, it's a shame that not all public schools have the same technological-education tools and resources. It's unfortunate they don't all have the same kind of funding from the state/government as well as support from the voters and tax payers.

    That's one of the reasons why there are private schools (including colleges) and if parents and students are willing to pay money for what they think will be a better education-experience, then I say go for it.

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    As for the public/private school debate...

    Well, as long as the money going towards the private schools is providing better education opportunites, then I say "great!"

    Yes, it's a shame that not all public schools have the same technological-education tools and resources. It's unfortunate they don't all have the same kind of funding from the state/government as well as support from the voters and tax payers.

    That's one of the reasons why there are private schools (including colleges) and if parents and students are willing to pay money for what they think will be a better education-experience, then I say go for it.

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    correction: opportunities

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    correction: opportunities

  • Duncan MackenzieDuncanma "yeah that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by"
    Nice blog... but you really need a domain name for it Smiley

    Just an IP address does seem pretty hard-core technical though!
  • HankHank

    Tablets are cool
    I want one.

  • HankHank

    Tablets are cool
    I want one.

  • Barry HawkeyBarry Hawkey

    Hmm...less pressure?  If they are normal touch screens, then you don't need any pressure...it senses the location of the stylus by detecting breaks in a grid of infrared beams projected across the face of the screen.

    I was a cashier at Safeway, trying to get people to use the credit/debit card machine.  This is a pet peeve of mine.  People would press really hard, and it wouldn't work, so they'd press REALLY hard while complaining about our "defective equipment."  Idiots kept breaking our stuff.

  • Barry HawkeyBarry Hawkey

    Hmm...less pressure?  If they are normal touch screens, then you don't need any pressure...it senses the location of the stylus by detecting breaks in a grid of infrared beams projected across the face of the screen.

    I was a cashier at Safeway, trying to get people to use the credit/debit card machine.  This is a pet peeve of mine.  People would press really hard, and it wouldn't work, so they'd press REALLY hard while complaining about our "defective equipment."  Idiots kept breaking our stuff.

  • I think we'll be working for these 5th graders some day. 
  • Kevin SchofieldKevin Schofield

    The state of Maine already has a program in place to give public school students laptops.

  • Kevin SchofieldKevin Schofield

    The state of Maine already has a program in place to give public school students laptops.

  • Duncan MackenzieDuncanma "yeah that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by"
    Tablet screens are pressure sensitive, which is great for drawing... not sure how the pressure is detected, I'll look into it though
  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    now that's cool! 49 more states to go.

  • Rafael NievesRafael Nieves

    now that's cool! 49 more states to go.

  • Matthew MushallMatthew Mushall

    I get the feeling you're absoltely right, Tina...and it also feels kind of creepy.  It makes you wonder what they'll think of us when they get here.

  • Matthew MushallMatthew Mushall

    I get the feeling you're absoltely right, Tina...and it also feels kind of creepy.  It makes you wonder what they'll think of us when they get here.

  • pwzeuspwzeus

    I mean come on
    ok for fun its ok but for study...i mean they will have glasses by the time
    they will hit 20...........plus its much more slower to write on tablet
    compare to paper.....i dont buy this....

  • pwzeuspwzeus

    I mean come on
    ok for fun its ok but for study...i mean they will have glasses by the time
    they will hit 20...........plus its much more slower to write on tablet
    compare to paper.....i dont buy this....

  • AngelaAngela

    super cool how far education is coming along. FR puts my cut and paste school days to shame. ha. I hope kids realize how lucky they are to get these kinds of opportunities.

    Too bad this show wasn't longer, and a little more in-depth. Enjoyed it non-the-less.

  • AngelaAngela

    super cool how far education is coming along. FR puts my cut and paste school days to shame. ha. I hope kids realize how lucky they are to get these kinds of opportunities.

    Too bad this show wasn't longer, and a little more in-depth. Enjoyed it non-the-less.

  • JJ

    I wonder how exactly diversity fits in with the life lessons of a good christian but this is off topic now.

    I was making small talk about this little tech article highlighting an underlying issue that has and will continue to destroy our country on under-educated person at a time.  Great they have tablet pc's.  Do you think many city dwelling public schoolers even know what the hell that is, let alone have ever seen one, or fantastically enough been "required" to purchase one for a class?

  • JJ

    I wonder how exactly diversity fits in with the life lessons of a good christian but this is off topic now.

    I was making small talk about this little tech article highlighting an underlying issue that has and will continue to destroy our country on under-educated person at a time.  Great they have tablet pc's.  Do you think many city dwelling public schoolers even know what the hell that is, let alone have ever seen one, or fantastically enough been "required" to purchase one for a class?

  • manomano

    I understand where you are coming from, but you should look closely at each of the students. I do not think that they all meet your exact description...  What are these schools supposed to do? Not experiment with what they can use?

    In France, where I am from, they gave millions of laptops to everyone last year - however as I understand most schools did not have a complete activity schedule organized around using these machines (unlike what you see in this video)... I had mixed feelings when my family (still in France) was telling me about this... I believe computers can do more than simply be typewriters Wink

    I believe it will first be done right a little bit here and there (like this video) as experiments to figure out best practices, like beta testing. I would prefer this than go full-blown state or nation-wide without a plan in place with training for teachers, etc.

    Interesting topic!!! Smiley

    -mano

  • manomano

    I understand where you are coming from, but you should look closely at each of the students. I do not think that they all meet your exact description...  What are these schools supposed to do? Not experiment with what they can use?

    In France, where I am from, they gave millions of laptops to everyone last year - however as I understand most schools did not have a complete activity schedule organized around using these machines (unlike what you see in this video)... I had mixed feelings when my family (still in France) was telling me about this... I believe computers can do more than simply be typewriters Wink

    I believe it will first be done right a little bit here and there (like this video) as experiments to figure out best practices, like beta testing. I would prefer this than go full-blown state or nation-wide without a plan in place with training for teachers, etc.

    Interesting topic!!! Smiley

    -mano

  • AngelaAngela

    I agree. The tablets would of motivated me to be more open to learning.  

  • AngelaAngela

    I agree. The tablets would of motivated me to be more open to learning.  

  • Erik PorterHuman​Compiler Now with more apps
    What exactly would you have liked to see more of?  We'd love to hear your feedback.
  • Erik PorterErik Porter

    What exactly would you have liked to see more of?  We'd love to hear your feedback.

  • AngelaAngela

    Well, all of the subjects that you guys choose are really interesting on many levels, not just this FR piece, specifically. With the intro to the segment it only ends up being around 3 minutes. If time was extended it would obviously allow for more info, interviews, and other aspects of the topic at hand. Don't get me wrong though, for a 3 and a half minute segment there is a ton of good stuff goin' on. I guess I'd just enjoy more. Who wouldn't. lol.

  • AngelaAngela

    Well, all of the subjects that you guys choose are really interesting on many levels, not just this FR piece, specifically. With the intro to the segment it only ends up being around 3 minutes. If time was extended it would obviously allow for more info, interviews, and other aspects of the topic at hand. Don't get me wrong though, for a 3 and a half minute segment there is a ton of good stuff goin' on. I guess I'd just enjoy more. Who wouldn't. lol.

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    I'll probably be a janitor at one of their companies (that they own/created).

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    I'll probably be a janitor at one of their companies (that they own/created).

  • Duncan MackenzieDuncanma "yeah that's awful close, but that's not why I'm so hard done by"

    Here Here!

    I think you'll be seeing a bit longer videos in the future, and a bit more depth; we are trying to walk the line between short enough videos that you don't mind watching them on a web site and long enough to get all the key bits of information out.

    Of course, not every topic needs more depth, but when appropriate I expect we'll give you more of what you are hoping for.

  • Roberto J. DohnertRoberto J. Dohnert

    Im using IE7 Beta P2 on my Tablet and the videos wont play, I have to download them in order to get them to work properly.  The controls work but the video doesnt play

  • Roberto J. DohnertRoberto J. Dohnert

    Im using IE7 Beta P2 on my Tablet and the videos wont play, I have to download them in order to get them to work properly.  The controls work but the video doesnt play

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    The video was great. Very well done. Although, there were things that I wished were kind of talked about, or elaborated more on...

    I'm interested to know what kind of tablets the students are using.

    1. Is there a specific laptop model the school requests?). What are the required specs, if any, for the tablet?
    2. What are all the sofware programs (other than Word, Excel, Powerpoint) that they need/use?
    3. Can they connect to the Internet with their laptops? If they use the Internet, what websites are they supposed to go to?
    4. How do the students feel about writing on tablets as opposed to writing on paper? What about text-books?
    5. Can the students interact with each other through the laptops?

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    The video was great. Very well done. Although, there were things that I wished were kind of talked about, or elaborated more on...

    I'm interested to know what kind of tablets the students are using.

    1. Is there a specific laptop model the school requests?). What are the required specs, if any, for the tablet?
    2. What are all the sofware programs (other than Word, Excel, Powerpoint) that they need/use?
    3. Can they connect to the Internet with their laptops? If they use the Internet, what websites are they supposed to go to?
    4. How do the students feel about writing on tablets as opposed to writing on paper? What about text-books?
    5. Can the students interact with each other through the laptops?

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    6. Do the teachers have any concerns of how the students are using their laptops?
     
    For example, are students really doing their work, or are they drawing,messing around in software programs, or possibly bringing in outside non-educational media (DVDs, CDs, etc.)?

    7. Are there other technologies Forest Ridge is using that other schools are not? Without a voiceover, it would've been nice to see an example of how a teacher sends a quiz to the student and how the student sends the quiz back.

    Or see a student demonstrate (step-by-step) of how they work on an assignment, using the tablet.

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    6. Do the teachers have any concerns of how the students are using their laptops?
     
    For example, are students really doing their work, or are they drawing,messing around in software programs, or possibly bringing in outside non-educational media (DVDs, CDs, etc.)?

    7. Are there other technologies Forest Ridge is using that other schools are not? Without a voiceover, it would've been nice to see an example of how a teacher sends a quiz to the student and how the student sends the quiz back.

    Or see a student demonstrate (step-by-step) of how they work on an assignment, using the tablet.

  • LucLuc

    I got the same thing with my firefox browser.

  • LucLuc

    I got the same thing with my firefox browser.

  • LucLuc

    They're actually improving laptop screens to make them less dangerous for the eyes, like the shiny glance you have on the screen to make the colors more photorealistic, they took it away cause it played a mayor role in hurting the eyes.

    I agree with you on that its slower to write on those tablets then on paper and i dont see why they don't just let them type.
    I'm a student in belgium following ICT and when when have to type our courses in a word document then we get more done then when we have to write it down in out books, i think the average person types allot faster then he can write.

    (sry for spelling mistakes)

  • LucLuc

    They're actually improving laptop screens to make them less dangerous for the eyes, like the shiny glance you have on the screen to make the colors more photorealistic, they took it away cause it played a mayor role in hurting the eyes.

    I agree with you on that its slower to write on those tablets then on paper and i dont see why they don't just let them type.
    I'm a student in belgium following ICT and when when have to type our courses in a word document then we get more done then when we have to write it down in out books, i think the average person types allot faster then he can write.

    (sry for spelling mistakes)

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    you were always good at cleaning urinals....

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    you were always good at cleaning urinals....

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    id like to see a segment about what happens when the kids take there tablets to swimming class. hehe.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    id like to see a segment about what happens when the kids take there tablets to swimming class. hehe.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    Yeah but being only 5th graders they need to learn proper writing skills either way.

  • Chris "Avid X" EricksonChris "Avid X" Erickson

    Yeah but being only 5th graders they need to learn proper writing skills either way.

  • DenginDengin

    I, like you, went to school in Europe. I moved the US when I was 26. I think that's what's jading my opinion here, and I admit, I did not go into a lot of detail in my statement, it was a kneejerk reaction. I just have a very difficult time with schools demanding an expensive 'toy' (and face it, educational or not, it's a toy) to even be allowed admittance. I'm a firm believer of equal education for everyone. Starting kids off at such a young age with the idea that as long as you have the money, you can go further/have a better chance of learning things, sets the stage for their entire lives.

  • DenginDengin

    I, like you, went to school in Europe. I moved the US when I was 26. I think that's what's jading my opinion here, and I admit, I did not go into a lot of detail in my statement, it was a kneejerk reaction. I just have a very difficult time with schools demanding an expensive 'toy' (and face it, educational or not, it's a toy) to even be allowed admittance. I'm a firm believer of equal education for everyone. Starting kids off at such a young age with the idea that as long as you have the money, you can go further/have a better chance of learning things, sets the stage for their entire lives.

  • scratchexscratchex

    If I had this when I was in the 5th grade I'd be the one trying to find a way to put games on it! Smiley Then again when I was in the 5th grade the only cool games back then were Atari games. Sad

  • scratchexscratchex

    If I had this when I was in the 5th grade I'd be the one trying to find a way to put games on it! Smiley Then again when I was in the 5th grade the only cool games back then were Atari games. Sad

  • scratchexscratchex

    Yeah it's weird for some reason the videos no longer stream on FF 1.5 but they do on IE 7 Beta. I even reinstalled FF 1.5.

    Interesting...

  • scratchexscratchex

    Yeah it's weird for some reason the videos no longer stream on FF 1.5 but they do on IE 7 Beta. I even reinstalled FF 1.5.

    Interesting...

  • Erik PorterHuman​Compiler Now with more apps
    So are you saying the media in which they learn on is not "proper"?  Tongue Out
  • Erik PorterErik Porter

    So are you saying the media in which they learn on is not "proper"?  Tongue Out

  • Erik PorterErik Porter

    It's true their childhood sets the stage for the rest of their lives, but what you're saying they learn is not done on purpose and the child can choose to take it that way or take it in a positive light that they got a great opportunity and when they're successful in the future, they can take their success and give it back to help even more kids get the same opportunities they did.  Like mano talked about it...technology in schools will be a long and slow process, but we'll get there.

    Besides, I think you'll find that if you polled all "successful" people in the world, I don't think all of them have had great opportunities as kids.

  • Erik PorterHuman​Compiler Now with more apps
    It's true their childhood sets the stage for the rest of their lives, but what you're saying they learn is not done on purpose and the child can choose to take it that way or take it in a positive light that they got a great opportunity and when they're successful in the future, they can take their success and give it back to help even more kids get the same opportunities they did.  Like mano talked about it...technology in schools will be a long and slow process, but we'll get there.

    Besides, I think you'll find that if you polled all "successful" people in the world, I don't think all of them have had great opportunities as kids.
  • Roberto J. DohnertRoberto J. Dohnert

    I was using IE7 Beta Preview 2 MIX 06 build and I had problems with the video

  • Roberto J. DohnertRoberto J. Dohnert

    I was using IE7 Beta Preview 2 MIX 06 build and I had problems with the video

  • DannyDanny

    I have a freind who does this same sort of technology enabling in some of the poorest parts of the world.

    My theory is...there is a digital divide and those of us on the technical and wealthier side of the divide have a choice to make with how we use the gifts we have and help close the divide and raise everyone up.

  • DannyDanny

    I have a freind who does this same sort of technology enabling in some of the poorest parts of the world.

    My theory is...there is a digital divide and those of us on the technical and wealthier side of the divide have a choice to make with how we use the gifts we have and help close the divide and raise everyone up.

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    6.  The role of the teacher to hold students accountable for their work doesn't change in a laptop classroom. The ease of wireless internet access creates a few challenges, and IM are things that teachers must set clear boundaries around and monitor.

    7. Cantu, the featured math teacher, starts each 5th math period "collecting" her students howework by email. She uses her tablet to grade the work and resends it back to the students. The GoBinder product that I mentioned makes the management of this process from both teacher and student perspective easier. Quizzes work the same way.

    Thanks for the interest!

    John Phillips, phillips.john.fac@forestridge.org

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    6.  The role of the teacher to hold students accountable for their work doesn't change in a laptop classroom. The ease of wireless internet access creates a few challenges, and IM are things that teachers must set clear boundaries around and monitor.

    7. Cantu, the featured math teacher, starts each 5th math period "collecting" her students howework by email. She uses her tablet to grade the work and resends it back to the students. The GoBinder product that I mentioned makes the management of this process from both teacher and student perspective easier. Quizzes work the same way.

    Thanks for the interest!

    John Phillips, phillips.john.fac@forestridge.org

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    Yeah, I know...but it looks great on my business card!

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    Yeah, I know...but it looks great on my business card!

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    Hi John,

    Thank you for answering some of my questions.

    The idea of students using tablets is fantastic. Forest Ridge sounds like a very cool place.

  • "Lethal G3cko""Lethal G3cko"

    Hi John,

    Thank you for answering some of my questions.

    The idea of students using tablets is fantastic. Forest Ridge sounds like a very cool place.

  • Paul ChambersPaul Chambers

    not sure if it's any help but i've had no problems so could be something to do with a codec. good luck in gettin it sorted

  • Paul ChambersPaul Chambers

    not sure if it's any help but i've had no problems so could be something to do with a codec. good luck in gettin it sorted

  • DrtigerlillyDrtigerlilly

    Was just trying to figure out who manufactured these tablets. The insignia looks like it could be dell or compaq...but then the compaq writing should have been more obvious. Can anyone give me a headsup? Just really curious
    Drtigerlilly

  • DrtigerlillyDrtigerlilly

    Was just trying to figure out who manufactured these tablets. The insignia looks like it could be dell or compaq...but then the compaq writing should have been more obvious. Can anyone give me a headsup? Just really curious
    Drtigerlilly

  • paliecpaliec

    It's an Acer TravelMate 310.

  • paliecpaliec

    It's an Acer TravelMate 310.

  • EliseElise

    Great use of GoBinder in math class! I now have a serious case of technology envy. Last year five teachers, one each in each grade 1-5 received a tablet from HP's Technology for Teaching grant. We used them to teach science. Are your science teachers using the tablets to teach? If so, how? My fifth grade students kept a science journal using the Journal program that came with the tablet and just loved doing so. The impact on our science scores was measurable. Even our first graders used the classroom tablet to create science diagrams. Do you plan to use tablets eventually in grades lower than 5th? 

    What type of training did teachers receive in how to integrate the tablet into their curriculum? It seems that most training out there is focused on skills, not integration. Finally, are students using the tablets for cross curriculum projects? If so, what do these look like? 

    Thanks,

    Elise  

  • EliseElise

    Great use of GoBinder in math class! I now have a serious case of technology envy. Last year five teachers, one each in each grade 1-5 received a tablet from HP's Technology for Teaching grant. We used them to teach science. Are your science teachers using the tablets to teach? If so, how? My fifth grade students kept a science journal using the Journal program that came with the tablet and just loved doing so. The impact on our science scores was measurable. Even our first graders used the classroom tablet to create science diagrams. Do you plan to use tablets eventually in grades lower than 5th? 

    What type of training did teachers receive in how to integrate the tablet into their curriculum? It seems that most training out there is focused on skills, not integration. Finally, are students using the tablets for cross curriculum projects? If so, what do these look like? 

    Thanks,

    Elise  

  • maremare

    Have you tried it yet? I read books on my Tablet all the time. And not that I am an Acer fan, but the display on the 310 Acer is beautiful.
    And WHY would writing on a tablet be any slower than writing on paper, a chalkboard, a sidewalk?...

  • maremare

    Have you tried it yet? I read books on my Tablet all the time. And not that I am an Acer fan, but the display on the 310 Acer is beautiful.
    And WHY would writing on a tablet be any slower than writing on paper, a chalkboard, a sidewalk?...

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    We are using Acer TravelMate 312 tablets. They are great!

  • John PhillipsJohn Phillips

    We are using Acer TravelMate 312 tablets. They are great!

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