Jacques Cool summarizes (in French) the results of an 18 month laptop in the classroom initiative in northern New Brunswick, as told by the project director, Roberto Gauvin. [Here is my translation – any errors are mine alone]
The project brings people together (students, teachers, parents community).
Roberto’s approach changed over the past year from a focus on the technology to the pedagogy.
There were specific effects on learning, even if these were sometimes difficult to measure.
Even with access to some incredible resources, it was the teaching staff who made a difference, such as:
- The discovery of individual talents (not just technology related)
- The ability to surpass the constraints of the existing education system
- The ability to seek out the timid students as well as the boys [read more about Smart Boys, Bad Grades]
The teachers moved from an initial phase of fear and apprehension to management of the tools and then to reflection on their teaching practices
I think that we’re starting to get beyond, “you don’t need any computers in school ’cause we didn’t have any”, to an understanding that portable computers open up a variety of pedagogical options not available in the industrial-age classroom.
Other posts on this site referring to laptops in school.