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By D. Mulder

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Teacher laptop guide

“We should be teaching students how to use their laptops in the classroom, not just expect that they will use them to the greatest effect because they grew up with them.” Ben Wilkoff - author of learningischange.com during discussion about laptops in college.

“I hope teachers won’t use this guide, else it will be our end!’ Anonymous student after seeing concept print of guide - translated from Dutch.

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1. General information concerning laptops………….. 1.1 Introduction……………………………………………….. 1.2 History and practical results………………………. 1.3 Laptop choice and laptop lease and buy models…….…………………………………………………. 1.4 Why blocking websites won't work……………. 1.5 Documents and grading system in this guide……...…………………………………………………. 2. Non-technical Tips and Tricks………………………….. 2.1 Class arrangements……………………………………. 2.1.1 Turning the students around…………….. 2.1.2 U-set up……………………………………………... 2.2 Finger movements ……………………………………. 2.3 Copy everything (digital note taking).……... 2.4 "Hands up!!!"……………………………………………... 3. Technical Tips and Tricks………………………………….. 3.1 Online text editors introduction…………………. 3.1.1 List of text editors………………………………. 3.1.1.1 Google docs ………………………………. 3.1.1.2 Zoho…………………………………………... 3.1.1.3 Acrobat (Buzzword).………………….. 3.1.1.4 Synchroedit and Etherpad…………. 3.1.2 Setting up the systems in a class……... 3.1.3 Finding a specific file…………………………. 3.2 Checking project state……………………………….. 3.2.1 Project revision history……………………... 3.3 Correcting and checking student work……... 3.3.1 Handing in work…………………………………. 3.3.2 Marking work……………………………………... 4. Student tricks ………………………………………………….. 5. Conclusion ……………………………………………………...

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1. General information concerning laptops 1.1 Introduction Allow me to introduce you to the concept of using laptops in classes. Over the last few years technology has greatly advanced and it has become financially possible to acquire great number of laptops. Theoretically laptops can be seen as the next step in class interactivity and productivity, where you would use old fashioned paper and pen when you went to school students now have the ability to gather and process information with laptops. This is also the essence of the one and only problem with laptops in schools; Often the teachers do not have the experience and instructions to monitor the class well and that is exactly with what I hope to help teachers out. Five or more years ago the primary goal of a teacher was to bring over his knowledge to the students, nowadays students have access to limitless resources through the Internet and the task of teachers is increasingly becoming the one of keeping the students on the track and monitoring them. Also different is that students often don't - really - want to learn anymore and learning is expected to be fun - according to most students and a lot of new teachers at least -. Essential for making good use of laptops should be that the idea that "laptop-lessons" should be fun is going to be revised. Laptops can be an easy solution to make learning more interactive and productive, yet it also faces great challenges to both the teacher and the student. From personal experience I know that one easily gets distracted while working with laptops, even in the rare situations where one fully wants to focus on the work. Nonetheless I also realize that the work done on laptops during school is done a lot quicker, which in the end will often give the teacher the impression that the students did a normal amount of work compared to what the teacher <5>


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2. Non-technical Tips and Tricks 2.1 Class arrangements Over the course of the last two years I have seen various teachers trying to come up with seating arrangements where the teacher would be able to observe the screens of all students at the same time. The main disadvantage of such an arrangement is the fact that you as a teacher will be unable to see the faces of the students, which on itself may already be an indication of the students activities. On the other hand this also makes it harder for students to see where you are and what you are doing, in other words they will often have a harder time switching away from any other activities they are doing at the right time.

2.1.1 Turning the students around credit goes to Ms. Shali Difficulty: â&#x2039;&#x2020;/5 Usability: â&#x2039;&#x2020;/5

The first seating arrangement I would like to introduce is simply making all students turn around, in other words the teacher will introduce the lesson and will next expect the students to put their laptops on the desk behind them and simply turn around. This makes it possible for you to keep sitting behind your desk, without the need to walk around the class all the time. The disadvantage of this method is most likely <9>


Teacher laptop guide

that there is still a notably large number of students whose laptop screens can not be seen.

2.1.2 U-set up Difficulty: ⋆⋆/5 Usability: ⋆⋆⋆/5 This set up has various small advantages over simply turning around. First of all it is extremely easy for the students to turn around and face the teacher, it also makes it virtually impossible for a student to silently continue messing behind their computers while giving the impression they are listening or making notes. Secondly the only notebooks which can not be seen from behind your desk are the laptops of the students right in front of you. Their may be two disadvantages for this set-up, first of all it can only be used by small and medium sized classes. A few more desks can be added to this set-up in front of the desk, most likely a good place for the more loud students in a class. The second problem may be the time it takes to position the desks this way in case the classroom is not "yours" or if there has been recently a test.

2.2 Finger movements Difficulty: ⋆⋆⋆/5 Usability: ⋆⋆⋆⋆/5 This method is not necessarily difficult, but will take a <10>

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