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1 class, 1 laptop - Āwhina mai e hoa mā

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Started by Moana Timoko 26 May 2014 3:35pm () Replies (4)

Kia ora koutou

Here's the reality - 1 class, 1 laptop.  

Approx 15 students ages - 6 to 8.

What are some of your brilliant ideas to work with this reality right now?  

There is a push to purchase more devices but for now this is all we've got to work with.

How would you manage this 'reality'?

Got some 'quick and snappy' boomer cracker ideas for me???


  • Janelle Riki (View all users posts) 26 May 2014 4:04pm ()

    Thanks for posting this Moana as this is quite a common situation for many kura.  Although it poses a real challenge to do some stunning e-Learning work, it's not an impossibility and it will just require a real committment and passion from the teacher to allow opportinities for the students to engage with technology.  A couple of ideas off the top of my head that he/she could try:

    1. Including computer time into reading or writing group rotations
    2. Scheduling time during the day e.g. 20mins when students can use the computer in a rotation to complete whatever the class is working on at that time.
    3. Clever use of some Web 2.0 tools and collaborative resources (some examples below)
    4. Setting up a google doc or google presentation for each child and once a week they do their writing in that doc or presentation.  Alternatively you can use MoPad if the school isn't a google school.
    5. Depending on their access at home to a computer or device, setting up a class blog with some tasks that the students can do at home and email in to the teacher.
    6. Allowing for opportunities before and after school where students can use the computer for homework or to finish classwork.
    7. Exploring opportunites for students to BYOD

    Some great Web 2.0 tools I would check out are:

  • Tania (View all users posts) 27 May 2014 8:01am ()

    Kia Ora Moana,

    Do you know if the Kura has Google Apps for Education?  Another suggestion would be using Google Docs for both individual and collaborative writing.  Also Google Presentation in the same way.  The option with this is if the students have computer, mobile device and internet access at home, they can continue their work from there if they needed/wanted to.

    In a Kura I worked in, same situation, the teacher has a system going on where she had student in 5 groups and one particular group got laptop for whole day - so in your case, 3 students per day had the 'driver's wheel' of the laptop.  These students integrated into all curriculum areas throughout the day and negotiated as a team who used when and for what.  It seemed to work really well in her case.

  • Kararaina Luke (View all users posts) 27 May 2014 9:03am ()

    Kia ora Moana, 


    A ladder system so that tamariki all have turns to become familiar with APPs-Progs.  Individlually, Pairs, small groups so the laptop is on 24/7 . This can be timed sessions according to their age, the App - Prog, need

    using the laptop with LCD to collaborate as a group...

    Using the laptop along with other devices - in a rotation of tasks... digital camera, listening post, LCD, Ohp, tape deck, laptop, teachers laptop, radio. tv......whatever else you have avaliable at kura- growing technological awareness, collaorative experiences, opportunities to explore...grow langauge, include construction activities...etc

    Hope some of these ideas could be useful

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