Technology in the classroom

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  1. Organic Poppy

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    I want to get a feel for what kind of technology other schools have to work with.

    I teach in one of the top 10 poorest counties in my state. However, we are 1:1 with technology from kindergarten up. My firsties get ipad minis. Starting in 3rd grade students get Macbooks.
     
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    We have a computer lab that we have to fit about 1000 kids into for testing. Good news that it's all brand new though, because of Measure C money.

    I purchased about 20 Chromebooks for my classroom through DonorsChoose though.
     
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    We are 1:1 laptop tablets in 9-12.
    We are 1:1 tablets in 6-8.
    I'm not sure what our elementary is like, but I know they are not close to 1:1.
     
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    All of our classrooms have ceiling mounted projectors and teachers have a school-issued laptop. We have 20 iPads and 30 laptops on carts to sign out for classroom use and we'll be getting another 30 laptops and 2 carts in the fall. There are document cameras shared between every 2 classrooms. We have about 650 students

    We are encouraging students, particularly in grades 7 and 8, to bring their own devices.
     
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    In my district grades 9-12 are 1:1 with MacBooks, and grades 3-8 are 1:1 with iPads. Grades K-2 are 1:2 with iPads.

    We also have a variety of other things available:
    -2 computer labs
    -Every classroom has a Smartboard
    -Document cameras
     
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    About 1/3 of our classrooms have Promethean Board (mine is one!). We have two laptop carts that we share via sign up but it's rare to ever get it when you want because we have about 700 students. We have chromebooks on a cart for checkout too. I try to take a poll on day one of of who has reliable internet and computer access at home. Depending on the results, I can set up Edmodo, Spelling City, No Red Ink and other sites for regular school assignments.
     
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    My division is going 1:1 with chrome books for 6-8 this year and 9-12 next year.
     
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    The school I student taught at was 1:1. First with MacBooks issued to the students and then iPads. I got my first teaching job at a school with a cart of old MacBooks we have to check out. Ew. I don't have a projector or AppleTV in my classroom anymore.
     
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    I have between 2-4 desktop computers (only some work at any one time) for centers. I have a SMART board in my room, and we have Chrome Book carts and laptop carts for sharing.

    Maybe a little off topic, but the one thing I really, really wish I had is a document camera!
     
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    6-8 share two computer labs

    In my room I have a smart board, a document camera, 1 lousy desktop computer (the kids lovingly call it the dinosaur,) and 1 laptop for me.


    1:1 is currently on the table for the middle school, supposedly, which is excited and daunting!
     
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    My school has a ton of technology. Unfortunately, it is allocated to certain programs and/or teachers, so most of us don't have access to it.

    I have virtually no technology in my classroom. I have a teacher computer. And that's it.

    Last year I had an LCD projector and an Elmo. Unfortunately, while I was on leave, someone broke into my room, destroyed my locked cabinet, and stole my LCD projector. (And when I say that they broke into my room, I mean that they literally destroyed the ceiling to get in. They dismantled the A/C unit on the roof and fell through the hole it had created. There were broken ceiling tiles all over the floor, broken ductwork and big metal support beams hanging from the hole in the ceiling, and visible open air with a not unpleasant view of the sky above.)

    My school said that because they are so broke, they won't be able to replace my LCD projector, so I won't get one next year. But they did say that I can still have the Elmo...which needs the LCD projector to be useful. So that's awesome.

    Other teachers have iPad carts, Macbook carts, banks of desktop computers for students, mounted LCD projectors, smartboards, Elmos, teacher-issued laptops and iPads, and probably a million other neat things that I will never see in my classroom.
     
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    I have a smartboard and an Elmo. I can no longer imagine teaching without either of them. :). I also have four very old desktop computers for my students. My school doesn't have a computer lab, unfortunately.
     
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    We have about 90 chrome books for 9-12 plus maybe another 20 desktops. I've never had trouble getting them for my kids. We have probably 140 kids in grades 9-12 at my school.

    I am supposed to be getting a smartboard this year!!
     
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    Can I ask why the technology isn't shared bt classes?
     
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    We are a Title I/SIG/Transformation (Turnaround) school. Most of the money we get for that is spent on test prep and anything related to the classes that will be tested. If you teach an elective, even in a core subject, you are not the priority and therefore won't have access to any of it.
     
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    I suppose technically the technology is supposed to be shared. But in practice it never is. I stopped asking for it a long time ago. I have just found ways to do without.
     
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    I will speak of my NC school since I taught there for 6 years and I know it the best.

    In 2007-2008, when I started, we had overhead projectors and 2 desktops per classroom. We had one computer lab and one old laptop cart that was worthless. We were not Title I. I went and observed at a nearby school, one that was Title I, and they all had projectors, laptops, and document cameras. I was so jealous!

    My first year happened to be my Ps first year, too. She initiated a lot of PTO fundraising for technology. In 2008-2009, they were able to purchase 3 Activboards, MacBooks, and projectors. Two teachers had been through a special training, so they received the equipment. We had to write a grant/proposal if we wanted the third. I won it, but it wasn't installed until April :down: In 2009-2010, we qualified for Title I. Between Title I funds and our heavy PTO fundraising, my P started getting Activboards into all the rooms. It took two more years.
    When I left (2012-2013), every teacher had a MacBook, an iPad, an Activboard, a projector, and 3 new desktops (Macs). Our computer lab also had brand new desktops (Macs as well). We had 5 laptop carts, 2 iPod carts, and 5th grade was 1:1 with mini iPads.
     
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    Our school is a 1:1 device school (iPads) and we serve ~900 K-12 students.

    We also have about 30 70 inch TVs all on carts so they may be carted off to other rooms if needed. We have transitioned away from projectors.

    They all have Apple TVs so students and teachers can mirror to the TVs.

    Teachers use both iPads and MacBook Airs with a very small group that uses PCs (mostly the business offices).

    Fred
     
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    Each classroom has a Promethean board, a teacher computer, a document camera and projector, a laptop or netbook, and four student computers. Some teachers have one or two ipads or ipad minis we received at various technology trainings. The school has a computer lab with 30 computers and a teacher computer/document camera/projector. There are also (3) mobile labs (about 70 laptops total) and 20 ipads to be shared between all grade levels.

    I am SO jealous of those of you who have a mobile device for each student!! We are in a well-to-do rural community so we don't get much money to purchase things. We had to do fundraisers to get playground equipment and have volunteers put it up! =(
     
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    1:1 i pads K-12, smartboard in every classroom, i pad and macbook pro for each teacher.
     
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    I have 1 laptop for me, and 3 nice desktops for the students. I also have a Promethean board which is connected to the laptop.

    What are the benefits of each student having an iPad? Are there some super amazing programs that have been developed? Or, is it just good for them to do research? I have an iPad myself and I don't even use it for anything productive lol
     
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    I have a teacher laptop.

    Right now, that's it. We have a rule in my school that whatever technology was given to a room has to stay in the room even if the teacher moves. So I lost my smartboard and iPads from last year.

    My new room used to be a closet. But my Principal's been mumbling something about Chromebooks all over the place...so I'm expecting some of those.
     
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    We have smart boards in every classroom, four student computers and each teacher has a laptop. Two computer labs and two science labs. We have smart tables also. I believe we have an iPad cart for every grade level as well. My new school is Title I and way better funded than my last campus. :)
     
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    Personally, I'd rather have a laptop for each student than an ipad, but they have to wait to take turns doing research, publishing their writing, creating Powerpoints, and taking AR tests. It would just be so much nicer if they could just get out a laptop whenever they need one.
     
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    For those with no computer labs, how does testing work out?

    I haven't seen my classroom yet so I can't respond. I think the P mentioned smart boards and some tablets. I would like a document camera, it is what I have used the most in the past. Anywhere I have been with SmartBoards, they haven't been utilized except as a projector screen. I want to figure out how to do more with one.
     
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    What's funny is that all of my students have iPads, I had no idea that was happening lol, we mostly use them for reading and math fact fluency
     
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    I prefer laptops to tablets. Tablets tend to become electronic babysitters at my school, and I have almost totally banned them from my room. I keep thinking there has to be a more productive use for them, but the kids keep finding ways to get to games, so I just don't let them in.
     
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    I greatly prefer laptops over tablets, especially since laptops (or netbooks, or chromebooks) also promote keyboarding skills, which are useful for anyone nowadays. Knowing how to type is a good skill.
     
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    We don't have much technology. I'm at a high school with about 400 students in 9-12. Teachers each get a laptop. The library has 12 computers, and the study hall room has 6 computers and a printer.
     
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    I teach at a 5-6th grade campus. Each pair of teachers (we both teach 2 subjects) share a set of Chromebooks. My partner teacher and I got lucky; we got one of the 40 computer sets! Each teacher also has a teacher laptop, Elmo, Mimeo (it's an interactive whiteboard that can be attached to any magnetic surface) and one Ipad. Our school does have a computer lab that normally is just used for testing.
     
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    Sleekteach, I have my students complete almost all assignments on their iPads. No more printing and copying paper worksheets/tests/quizzes! I just send it to them from my computer, then open it, complete it, and send it back to me, and I can check everything from my computer.

    bros, my students use their iPads in keyboarding class. I haven't seen how they do it, but they might be using the keyboards that can be attached to iPads or the keyboard on the screen. It feels different, but once you get used to it, I can type similarly on the iPad as a keyboard.
     
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    Tablet keyboards, especially the flimsy ones that attach to iPads, aren't nearly the same size as an actual keyboard.
     
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    I'm at a parochial school; we have been very conscious of trying to keep up with technology. We only have one class per grade.

    -Every classroom has a teacher lap-top and an interactive whiteboard.
    -Grades 5-8 have 3 class sets of Chromebooks (mostly used for science, S.S., and language arts)
    -Grades K-4 have a class set of tablets and a set of Chromebooks. For the most part, I can get access to either at some point in the day when I need them, although sometimes I juggle our schedule a little in order to accommodate other teachers' technology needs.
    -I got a document camera last year and use it ALL the time. (Actually, the school got one, and the principal gave it to me to try out. Technically, I have to share, but it lives in my room and none of the other teachers has come asking for it...not that I go reminding them! ;) )
     

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