eLearning + Classroom2.0

After reading some blog posts and wiki information about ‘inspired’ classrooms I decided that I wanted to try moving my computers away from the wall and into the middle of the classroom and base each group around one computer – instead of rotating students/groups around the classroom they could rotate their activity and have a specific computer they would use.

Great idea but big problem – only 4 computers. I still moved the computers and decided to try bringing 2 laptops to school and have 2 groups using them.

That kind of worked except 4-5 people round one laptop isn’t idea as the screen size is too small.

Then I went on the scrounge. A neighbouring teacher had a computer that was unused. Another computer had been left anonymously in the teachers PD room. Problem solved. Except for the problem of cables and where exactly to put the computers.

In the end I sacrificed 2 student desks (one unused) for the computers and got them set up. I discovered one of the computers was running Win98 but amazingly the digistore objects and other activities are working ok (so far!).

Cabling was the next hurdle. I have a small box that allows one input and 4 outputs – 3 of the computers are actually one computer with an extenda/expanda (I can never remember the name) system on it so they only take one output; the other 3 went to the 3 other computers; however I often need to use the ethernet cable to connect online – especially if I want to skype – so I brought in two very long ethernet cables from home (3-storey house!) and have one duct-taped down and the other loose that I can use (unplug another connection to plug mine in) for my teacher laptop. I also spent several hours working out which other cable was the longest for another of the computers.

I also decided to have 6 groups with computers instead of 5. I have 4 students who go out to a part-time class from 9:30 – 12:30 which leaves me with 25 students – 5×5; but if I reduce the size of the groups (5×4 and 1×5) then access to the computers within the groups will be easier.

So far so good. Here’s a little slide show I put together in PhotoPeach about my Classroom2.0.

Classroom2.0 on PhotoPeach

5 thoughts on “eLearning + Classroom2.0

  • June 18, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Your desks seem to be quite big- it must e tricky to fit them all in. My classroom seems very small and I have round tables and modular things that make the kids all have to sit very much together. With book displays and work tables and the like it makes things tricky to fit all 29 kids in and have enough spaces to put things. I still like floor space to have the whole class sitting on the floor as well for whole class things. I have a trolley for the data projector to sit on as well that can only go in one place cos I don’t have a proper screen – only the whiteboard to project onto.

    I wonder??? If I did away with the whole class sitting together I could have a lot more other room. Might give that a try. We’ll see.

  • June 19, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I’ll do a short video of the whole class so you can see how I’ve fitted things in … I can actually get the whole class sitting on the mat with no problems for the first time this year with the new radial group arrangement.

    I also have a trolley for the data projector (goes with the mimio so need it to project onto whiteboard) but move it out of the way if I need to.

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  • June 24, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Jo. I know exactly what you mean about wanting the comps to not be stuck at the back of the c/room. Hmmm… it is going to probably take a lot of re-jigging and a few rolls of duct tape but I’ll have a go at something similar in the holidays. Cheers for the inspiration!!

  • June 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Very interested to see what you have done with your classroom to get the computers as tools in the centre of things. I’ve been thinking this might be a direction I want to take with my class – so many practicalities to work through of course. Good on you for leading the way.

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