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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Netbooks I

After some saving, spending, wiring, waiting, installing, and checking,
our school has a mobile set of netbooks ready to check out for classroom use!!! 

I, for one, am THRILLED!!!

We already benefit from typically a very accessible set of computer labs, but now our classroom can become a computer lab too!

There are enough netbooks for each student in the class (set of 30) and they are stored in a mobile cart system that can also be plugged in to charge them.  The carts wheel to different rooms as teachers check them out for class use.

Imagine trying to arrange all those cords!  Parents, if you get a chance, thank our Library Tech Educator for all the work put into this system!
Once students are assigned a netbook they can take them to their desk to work from their own seat.

The netbooks have a more limited memory capacity compared to a laptop, but have Internet access, wireless printing and programs that word process, present, etc. that can convert back and forth from the other classroom computers.
We won't get to use them ALL the time, but it sure did motivate students the first and second times we've used them.  I can't wait to see what we might be able to accomplish!  Two days before break students were eager to type away on the netbooks.  Paragraphs about an interesting, exciting, or important event of 2010 rolled off the printers with impressive writing!

Teacher Note: Knowing how to type makes a difference, and will continue to do so for all of these student's lives.  If possible, encourage your child to type correctly and practice at home.  Try Here, scroll down, and practice typing in the box in lesson 1.

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