We're not quite as small as your school, but we've incorporated a
combined laptop/workstation model at the Johnson Elementary School. We
have one of the classrooms set up as a computer lab with 24 workstations
(purchased from Daktech - great company!) and smartboard, and we have
been able to purchase 20 laptops with a mobile cart. The cart with
laptops is parked on the upper floor to allow our 5th/6th graders to
gain the greatest use of it. Its proximity to these classrooms allows
the kids to take the laptops into class for language arts, and type up
stories and such. All kids at the school have one session per week in
the computer lab to get general computer instruction and keyboarding.
The only concern I have with laptops is the difficulty in maintaining
good keyboarding skills, otherwise they're very flexible and the kids
like them a lot.
Sigurd Andersen wrote:
> I'm part-time technology coordinator at Walden School. The principal
> (Martha Dubuque) and I are discussing technology directions over the next
> years. In particular we are trying to decide if moving towards having
> laptops in the mix of the computers used by students is a useful
> to go, perhaps aiming for a "one laptop per child" model at some point.
> It would be helpful to us if we could contact similar Vermont schools who
> have moved towards using laptops in the classroom to find out how they
> made their decision, and what their experience has been. Are you in a
> school, or do you know of a school similar to Walden that has moved in
> the direction of using laptops - rural, K-6 or K-8, 100-150 students?
> If so, could you send me the name of someone at the school who could
> discuss with us how the school went about moving to laptops and what
> their experience has been? It might be useful to have both administrative
> and technical contacts.
> Thanks in advance
> Sigurd Andersen
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Johnson Elementary School
57 College Hill
Johnson, Vermont 05656
Phone: 802-635-2211 x307