Our team workshop project really took off this week as we finished our syllabus, supplemental documents, and individual PowerPoint’s presentations aimed at the different phases of the class. I had never used PowerPoint before, so that was a good experience. It’s a highly intuitive program that has a lot of template designs that can make presentations look very professional. It was a huge milestone for the project, and the team really pulled through and it looks great.
This week’s module offered several different hardware and software options that could be used in the classroom. It was interesting because material really focused on teaching kids with technology, and it showed a lot of pros and cons concerning the technology. The information reaffirmed by mindset that technology such as personal laptops can be a huge asset to students who have guidance, and want to explore the positive attributes of having personal hardware. The problem comes when those resources are abused. I read a story about schools pulling their laptop programs due to concerns of lack of results, and misuse of resources, which seemed rampant. It seems they rushed into the digital age without preparing the staff or students adequately, such as addressed in the articles “One-to-One Computing: Lessons Learned, and Pitfalls to Avoid,” and “K-12 Computing Blueprint.”
I consider myself a fairly tech savvy individual, but I am by no means an expert. The question I have is what kind of security and restraints are there that can be implemented with the laptops to curtail misuse? In the next couple of years I will need to know what I can do to make the computers safe for my classroom, and also for my home computers so I can direct my kids into the new frontier of the internet instead of the abyss.