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…
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