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Looking for other middle school/high school social studies teachers.  (Elementary teachers welcome also.)

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Comment by Michael Dunagan on February 23, 2011 at 8:58pm
In a district with 70 percent free/reduced it is still difficult to require students to have access.  Currently in Indiana teachers are under attack for blaming parents for student failure.  So in this current environment expecting anything can be dangerous.  Now as a future parent, I would be sure to get my student access as many of my parents do.  I hope most schools go 1:1. (charter school teacher here)  I just know that there are a lot of computers in schools and many are wasted.
Comment by Michael Hutchison on February 23, 2011 at 8:24pm

Michael,

I'd like to hear how your "paperless classroom" experiment goes.  We are hoping to do the same, IF we can go 1:1.  My guess is that our paper costs are extreme, and of course, that may be a selling point for our school district.  

I might be WAY off base for saying this, but I wonder what would happen if schools encouraged or (financially) assisted parents who could not afford home access?  Why can't some of the responsibility be on parent/guardian for this?

There's a community near me which expects students to find access elsewhere (public library, for example) if they don't have it at home.  This district even has Amish students, and they are 1:1 and require students to have access.  Is this too much to expect?

Michael H.

 

 

Comment by Michael Dunagan on February 23, 2011 at 7:39pm
I am attempting to make one class paperless as a test.  I am finding that I have to allow students to come to my room during study hall, open labs before and after school, and still have students who can not meet deadlines.  Once I turn this to all my students I find this will be even more difficult.  I am not turned away.  I will continue to move forward, but it is a difficult task.
Comment by Michael Hutchison on February 23, 2011 at 6:41pm

Perri,

What we did was to apply for a grant to provide three rolling MacBook carts for our department.  That gives us 90 machines for six teachers.  That said, we still have to try and give students some time in class to work.  Now, the other alternative I give students is that I come to school very early, and I will open the labs for them.

 

I figure that a large percentage of our students have access, and it is somewhat hard to figure the numbers who don't still have "smart phones".  We'd also have access at the public library, as well as various "hot spots" around town.  

Our big hope is to go to a 1:1 computer/student ratio very quickly.  Perhaps next year.

 

Michael Hutchison

Comment by Perri Gipner on February 23, 2011 at 1:21pm
I fight that at my school as well and as a result end up giving class time to finish computer-based projects that can't otherwise be completed by students at home. In this digital age, it is definitely a conundrum.
Comment by Michael Dunagan on February 23, 2011 at 10:59am
I would love to have digital versions only, but some of my students do not have access to the internet at home or other than school building.
Comment by Norman Nichols on February 22, 2011 at 10:28pm
A number of teachers across the school district worked collaboratively.  Originally we had the texts loaded onto CDs and provided each student with a CD.  Then we decided to use Google Sites to load them onto personal webpages.  Editing them and ensuring links are current is the most difficult part of the task and I haven't yet figured out a way to collaboratively change and update the material so that it remains current.  Maybe if I were a little more in the know with regard to wikis and Google Docs that might help but we really haven't had the opportunity to examine the text in a collaborative fashion since its original publication.  Increasing demands and diminishing resources make time an extremely pricey commodity.
Comment by Perri Gipner on February 22, 2011 at 9:58pm
How did you create these digital texts?
Comment by Norman Nichols on February 4, 2011 at 6:28pm
We have created some digital texts at our school.
 

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