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Linked with the webinars organised for the project teachers, this blog will display teachers thoughts, plans, ideas and experience with tablets in classroom. After each webinar, the teachers will write a reflective post on the given topic. Along the course of the project, this blog will provide an interesting insight into day to day teaching with tablets.  

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Classroom Level/School Level

Challenges

Suggestions/ Solutions

1. Organisational

  •  BYOD – many students bought a surface tablet (RT), some bring other devices to school. School has 5 netbooks and 10 tablets (surface) for those children who do not own a tablet. They can use it at school, but are not allowed to take them home.

 

  • Biggest challenge: WLAN – there is a lot of frustration because of problems in connecting to the internet. We started with a lot of enthusiasm but teachers as well as students stopped bringing their tablets to school – in 4 of 5 days they cannot use it in the way we want them to.

 

  • We were also facing problems with the microsoft account. All students registered with email addresses provided from the school but couldn’t use these accounts to start their tablets. It took us several weeks till we could start working with them.  

 

  • We need lockers to store and charge the tablets. We promised the parents that there will be a safe place for the childrens’ tablets while they are in the gym or artsstudio – but we couldn’t provide this till now.
  •  Some students use their mobile phones to set up a hotspot for 3 – 5 other students.

 

  • We really need to find a solution for our WLAN, but probably not before summer.

 

 

  • Before we can do anything we need a political solution in our country, so that we are allowed to take money from school sponsors. Right now we cannot without being in danger of accusation because of corruption.

2. Content (Scenario)

  •  Students and teachers were a little disappointed with the Surface RT – we didn’t know that there was no way to use Java based learning ressources.

 

  • We started using OneNote and we found out that it is a perfect tool to organize learning.

 

  • We have been using MS OfficeSharepoint as Learning Management system for more than 7 years now. This year we are changing to LMS – we are changing very slowly …. but continiously. All materials used in the classes are published in the Sharepoint, so that students and parents can see them. Teachers write in a blog about the topics of the week and post all important information there.
  •  We found great new Apps in the Windows Appstore like Corinth Classroom and many more. But we had to rethink our approach and we are working on it.

3. Continuity and Progression (Sustainability)

  •  We will certainly continue using tablets, we are sure, we can master most of the challenges. Right now it’s just going a bit slowly. But some of our projects with the tablets were really great – we will not miss that in the future.
  •  We must convince teachers that they have a role in making this new experience a success even if it means for them to reconsider their daily practices and the time they spend preparing their courses.

4. Assessment/Evaluation

  •  We don’t really have professional evaluation – we would like to have that.
  •  We try to compare with other classes and to involve parents to get continously feedback.

5. Professional Development

  •   A big issue!!! We definitely need it.
  •  We provided a lot of teacher training courses this year, especially aiming at the use of tablets and the new LMS.
  • We must also convince teachers to take part in online webinars and workshops and to exchange their experiences in different networks like partners in learning, eLC, ELSA, …

6. Resources

  •  There are so many excellent ressources – just follow the right people on facebook, twitter or different blogs and you will get enough good ideas for years to teach!
  • We should have a team in school to select a few goodies to start with.

7. Other