We’ve had laptops available to us for almost two full weeks now. They have been two weeks full of learning—learning how to use them, and learning about my own thinking. Here are a few of the highs and lows. (It was a stretch to get the two lows.)
High The kids love them. They vie for them the minute they are in the classroom and remind me if we are late in getting them into our classroom when I have said that we will be using them. Riley commented, “I like plaeing with the labtops.”
Low Small technical difficulties that interrupt. For example, each of the computers has a wireless mouse, and the kids have discovered that if the laptops are too close together, one mouse can control two cursors, irritating the user of the second computer. There have been other difficulties with the wireless mice as well. I think they might be on their way out of the computer cabinet. We have also, on occasion, not been able to get all of the computers on the Internet at once. My principal tells me that this means that the school has reached the limit of its Internet capacity.
High The kids love to watch anything that moves, especially if there is sound attached, and they are now able to view them all without the computer stalling. I’ve been able to use a couple of new applications (Animoto and One True Media) on my classroom blog that I had tried before, but had to remove because they were just too much for my elderly Sunray computers.
Low Now what do I do about those Sunray computers? I can’t recall us using them more than once in the past two weeks, and as we begin to use more applications that they can’t handle, it will be more unlikely that we will. I’m hesitant to get rid of something that will work for even a few things we want to do, though…