Some key considerations and clarifications

Some questions and issues need that are topical at the moment around the use of netbooks:

1.  Leaving netbook and laptop trolley work for exras:  On a few occasions recently problems have arisen when CRT teachers not familiar with our netbook and laptop procedures have used these resources for extras.  Please consider this implication when leaving work.  If possible book an area in the library for the lesson required so library staff can help CRT teachers manage the process.  Alternatively if a computer room is available, please use this option.  If these options are not available please include a bolded/highlighted statement on the extra slip along the lines of: If you have not used laptop/netbook trolleys before please see library staff any time (at least 5 minutes before the lesson) to get a quick overview of the process required to use these resources.  I will look at options with Melissa RE possibly adding this to the Extras slip and as a consideration for allocation of CRT teachers.

2. Gaming in class.  Student’s ICT and Network agreements clearly states that resources will be used for learning.  I think it is fair to say that we want students to use all their time in class for learning.  If we want to maintain a culture where students to consistently value and use their time in class we need to maintain the focus on learning at all times. So… students should not be playing games in class (full stop).  If the games relate to the curriculum off course that is a different story (eg Maths games, programming…).  If students have finished work (they have graduated 🙂 – they should do some other work for your subject or another subject.  We all know most of the time they have plenty to do – regardless of what they claim.

3.  Confiscation of netbooks:  In theory this is not a practice we encourage as we do not want to take a “learning tool” away from students.  However, if students persistently are off task and the netbook is hindering learning in your class – you have the right to take it off them.  In this case we strongly urge you to give the netbook back at the end of that lesson (possibly with a consequence/reflective activity around off task behaviour).  It may well be critical for students to use their netbook in consequent lessons that day of for homework activities.  Longer term confiscation of the device should only be done by student managers, tech staff or admin.  Of note:  The netbook remains the property of the school untill a student leaves at the end of a three year period.

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Consistency in practice is vital for us to establish appropriate expectations and culture in this “new” learning environment…

As always, please post comments, questions and suggestions on this post.

Thank You


Staff Meeting Activity

Good afternoon.

This afternoon we would like you to explore and reflect on the use of Blogs for student learning.

Please complete the following quick activities:

  1. Go to the “Post” – “What is a blog” and watch the brief video.
  2. Read the post “So… how can blogs be used to help students learn?” and watch the brief video.  Post a comment on this blog sharing your ideas about some of the opportunities blogs might present to help student learning.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the resources presented in the “Using Edublogs” page so you can access this when you may want to create your own class/student blog space.  (
  4. Have a look at the Global 2 and some of the examples provided in the “blog roll” or search for some blogs more relevant to your area of teaching.  Ideally share the sites you find as comments on the “Learning and Teaching Blogs” page (
  5. Extra for experts 🙂 –  Subscribe to some blogs by e-mail or RSS feeds into I-google (


Please provide feedback for this activity by posting comments to the Blog Post!

So… how can blogs be used to help students learn?

There are many reasons to use “blogs” in your classroom:

  • Literacy
  • Collaboration
  • Motivation
  • Peer Feedback
  • Interactive
  • MultiMedia

Teachers will select different uses for blogs depending on how it fits in with their unit, content, aims, skills, objectives…

What opportunities and/or examples can you think of where blogging may help student learning?

Want to create your own class blog?

The most appropriate spaces to create a blog for your class, is either through:

  1. The Ultranet:
  2. EduBlogs (Global2) :

Each site has advantages and disadvantages.

The Ultranet is safe and secure and oly visible by the students you allow into your site.  It also seamlessly links to other learning activities and resources.  All class stuff in one space.

EduBlogs is quick and easy to use – security settings are a little more complex.  Easy to give students access to their own blog pages.  Most of it is visible to the world!

Both sites allow you to moderate all post comments.