One-to-One computing, though full of promise, comes with a myriad of challenges. For instance, compatibility issues with some programs may derail the implementation process. Finding the right balance between Chromebook instruction and teacher-led sessions is not easy. Then, you also have to take into account the inevitable attempt to access inappropriate content. Put together; these issues can make 1:1 implementation a significant headache.
Fortunately, there is a way around most of these hurdles. Here are 11 tips to help you successfully implement the program with minimal trouble.
1. Organize classroom furniture strategically
The furniture should be arranged so that you (the teacher) can monitor student devices to make sure the students staying on task. In addition to improving focus, this can go a long way in preventing access to inappropriate content.
2. Provide digital copies of all material used in the classroom
This gives students an opportunity to reference the material at home and during discussions. In addition, the content can be organized and stored on Google Classroom.
3. Create an individualized playlist for each student
The playlist (or digital agenda) should contain the activities that the student is required to accomplish over a specified period. The list can include websites to visit, videos to watch, content to read, and so forth.
4. Ask students to create story arcs
Story arcs help students organize their ideas and remain on track in pursuit of their goals. Arcs can be created with Google Draw. To make the arcs more fun students should be allowed to add to their arcs visual representations from their learning sessions.
5. Incorporate video content to engage students
Interactive content from TED Talks, animated videos from Brain Pop, and educational material from Khan Academy would be a good start. These resources, alongside your own teaching videos, can be uploaded to Google Classroom to reinforce ideas at home.
6. Encourage note-taking to hone strategies and routines
To get students in the habit of reading on their own and strategizing it’s essential to teach them how to take notes. Use Google Docs to help them create note-taking tools and sharpen their note-taking skills at the same time.
7. Showcase student work around the classroom
Students generally feel more motivated when the teacher and other students take notice of their work and appreciate their effort. Pinning their creations around the classroom inspire them to work even harder.
8. Use subject-specific apps to encourage learning
There are many apps you can use to spice up your lessons. PhET Interactive Simulations, for instance, allows students to perform science experiments on their laptops without the need for equipment. Near Pod is another app to consider. Therefore, it makes it easy for teachers to create new learning adventures for grades K-12.
9. Encourage group projects and general collaboration
Allow students to work on group projects to encourage idea sharing and instill social responsibility. Collaboration also improves learners’ communication skills.
10. Collaborate on subjects with your students
Aside from encouraging your students to collaborate among themselves, you can join in the fun. Chromebooks fully support teacher-student collaboration. Login and provide useful feedback to individuals and groups at any time, from any location!
11. Give them a real audience
After students have completed working on their projects, ask them to present their work in front of the class. This will not only increase competition among the students but is an excellent way to boost self-confidence in learners. If there’s not enough time for everyone to present to the whole class, ask students to break into small groups and present.
Many schools have found great success in using formative assessment games such as Kahoot to collect data which can later be used to gauge how well students understand learning material. Divide the class into groups, ask each group to create quizzes on Kahoot, and review how each member of the group performs.