Laptop Learning Curve

The other day I discussed this year’s extraordinary changes to teaching and learning with a colleague. After listening to a burbling, enthusiastic avalanche of my responses, she grinned and said, “it’s been quite a learning curve, hasn’t it.”

Indeed. When reflecting on nearly a year’s teaching in a 1:1 laptop environment, my thoughts were plentiful. Rather than go into the sort of detail that causes most readers (or listeners, if I have cornered them) to offer glazed smiles and slowly back away, I decided to take a more visual approach:

Here are more of my thoughts (in no particular order):

  • The thrill of students connecting to the wider world.
  • The realisation that I was more connected to my students through technology.
  • The extraordinary collaborative power of Google docs and other online tools.
  • Recognising that a distracted face tends to look the same… (Whether furtive note-passing or using online email chat).
  • Being taught by my students, and encouraging them to teach each other.
  • Taking tech outdoors and expanding opportunities for play.
  • Revising my approaches to critical thinking and advanced research skills.
  • Dictionaries: The change from page-turning to hyperlink hopping.
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7 Responses to Laptop Learning Curve

  1. Avatar of pagezoe pagezoe says:

    And the amazing thing about your list for about all of them I can nod my head and say it applies to my Kindergarten class. Universal? Where will we go next? Wanna come and play with us?

  2. Avatar of mromaine mromaine says:

    You are very creative. I liked the presentation booklet. Imagine the students’ learning curve that could be also very steep. As a classroom teacher we now have to sit back and understand students’ learning pace. They have a lot more information to process at an early age than we did! I think the balance of implementing laptop use in learning, and collaboration and learning without using a laptop, is critical.

    • Avatar of coxm coxm says:

      Thanks for your comment. I feel it’s been a different type of learning curve for every student, as some are clearly more at ease with organising and balancing their on and off-screen time than others. It’s always helpful to take a ‘time-out’ in class so students can share good practice and support their peers.

  3. Thanks for the post. I recognize many of the changes you mentioned in my own teaching. If I were to suggest one more point, it would relate to how much more there is to try. When I read your post, my first thought was, “What a fun presentation!” My second thought was, “I have to try this!”

  4. Avatar of Daryl_i Daryl_i says:

    Hi, Madeleine. Fabulous illustrations that I definitely could relate to. I was inclined to draw a response to your post, but I do not think that is possible. :( My favorite illustrations were Page 8 and 9 (Distraction/Collaboration).
    Have you already produced your own RIS style presentation? If you have, please let me know the link. If you haven’t please let me know when you do have the link.
    I look forward to viewing/reading more next school year. Have a great summer.

  5. Awesome booklet! And I think it’s great that Zoe related to your points as well. There is a massive learning curve, but it’s better to jump on now than later. And your point that tech can be taken outside might be a mind-blower for people who imagine our kids typing in a darkened room. Thanks so much for your reflections!

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